Hisatake’s Defensive Player of the Year Nod Highlights Scarlet Hawks 2019-20 All-NACC Selections

WAUKESHA, WIS.—The 2019-20 All-Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) Men’s Basketball Team was announced on Wednesday afternoon, which represents two members of the Illinois Institute of Technology Scarlet Hawks.

Senior center Max Hisatake landed 2019-20 NACC Defensive Player of the Year for the second-consecutive season, and a spot on the first team. Junior guard Miles Curry joined Hisatake on the 2019-20 All-NACC Men’s Basketball First Team.

Hisatake, a native of Las Vegas, Nevada, is a two-time All-NACC selection after earning second team honors in 2018-19. The big man averaged a double double with 15.6 points per game along with 13.9 rebounds per game in 2019-20, which includes a career-high 20 boards on three occasions. Hisatake poured a career-high 34 points in a 71-67 win over Lakeland on January 11. He finished the season ranked nationally in defensive rebounds per game (4th, 10.50), double doubles (5th, 20) and rebounds per game (4th, 13.9). Hisatake also led the NACC in blocked shots per game (2.15) and offensive rebounds per game (3.42). He also paced the team in shooting with a .533 (160-300) field goal mark.

Other accolades achieved by Hisatake in 2019-20 include being named to the January 14 D3Hoops.com National Team of the Week, as well as NACC Men’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Week on two occasions (December 15/January 5).  Hisatake finished his four-year career with 1,276 points and 1,154 rebounds.

Curry wrapped-up his first season with the Scarlet Hawks after transferring from Illinois Wesleyan University. The Chicago native paced Illinois Tech in scoring with 16.7 points per game and added 6.2 rebounds per game to his stat-line. Curry eclipsed a career-high 27 points in an 81-61 victory over Dominican on February 8, and pulled down an all-time best 14 boards in a 73-67 loss to Lakeland on December 14. His .518 (145-280) field goal percentage ranked fourth among all NACC players. Curry played in 23-of-25 games in 2019-20, and made 22 starts.

The Scarlet Hawks concluded the 2019-20 campaign with a 12-14, 10-10 NACC record.

Player of the Year – Andrew Bruggink, Wisconsin Lutheran College

Defensive Player of the Year – Max Hisatake, Illinois Institute of Technology

Freshman of the Year – Nick Kosich, Benedictine University

Coach of the Year – Aaron Aanonsen, Wisconsin Lutheran CollegeAll-NACC Team Release.jpg