Miller, Babalola, White Honored by NCCAA
Ankeny, IA - On Tuesday night the NCCAA honored players from across the country for their academic and athletic efforts during the 2016-17 season. The Thunder basketball team had three players recognized by the NCCAA. Senior Dalton Miller (Hinton, OK) was recognized as a Scholar-Athlete for his efforts in the classroom. Miller shoots over 42% from 3pt land and carries a 3.9 GPA in Biblical Leadership. "I'm thankful to attend an institution and play for coaches that care for us as more than just basketball players. I'd like to thank my parents, teammates, professors and coaches for pushing me to be my best in everything that I do and I will miss this group of guys next year," said Miller.
Senior Nick Babalola (Kansas City, MO) was recognized as a 3rd Team All-American for his efforts on the court this season. Babalola currently holds averages of 17.4 ppg and over 8 rpg while leading the team in 3pt field goals made (62). Earlier this year Babalola earned 1st team All-Conference and 1st team All-Region honors. Babalola had this to say, "This is an honor that I've always strived for. I'm thankful for teammates and coaches that have helped me get here and I look forward to getting back to the court with my teammates and pushing towards the ultimate team goal, a national title."
Senior Mike White (Kansas City, KS) was honored as a 1st Team All-American by the NCCAA. White currently leads the team in scoring (20.7 ppg) and rebounding (10.4 rpg) while shooting 60% from the field. Earlier this season White was named MVP of the Midwest Christian College Conference and 1st team All-Region. "It's an honor to be recognized by the NCCAA. It's a result of playing for a great team and having incredible teammates and I can't wait to get back to work with them as we push towards our goals," commented White.
Head Coach Shawn Condra had this to say about Tuesday night, "It's great for our program to have these three honored by the NCCAA. I'm thankful for their effort and commitment to the team goals. I'll miss having them around next season."
#2 MCC kicks off the 2017 NCCAA National Tournament on Thursday at noon against #7 Kentucky Christian University.