CARMEL, Ind. – With the 2020-21 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) men’s basketball season set to officially tip-off this weekend, in a vote amongst league coaches, Transylvania University was selected to repeat as league-leaders in the 2021 season.

The Pioneers picked up 80 votes to claim the first place slot. Not far behind, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology was picked to finish second with 71 points with Franklin College (64), Hanover College (62) and Anderson University (54) rounding out the top five respectively.

Listed below is the 2020-21 HCAC Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll and the 2020-21 HCAC Players to Watch.  For more information on HCAC Men’s Basketball, visit the websites of any of the participating schools, or go to the HCAC’s home on the Internet at www.heartlandconf.org.  Be sure to stay up to date on all of your Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference news by following @HCACDIII on Twitter and by liking the “HCAC DIII” Facebook page.

2020-21 HCAC Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll

1.Transylvania University80
2.Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology71
3.Franklin College64
4.Hanover College62
5.Anderson University54
6.Bluffton University45
7.Defiance College42
8.Manchester University30
9.Earlham College26
10.Mount St. Joseph University21

2020-21 HCAC Players to Watch:

Anderson

NameClassHometownPosition
Austin LyonsJRLapel, Ind.Guard
Ronny WilliamsSRAnderson, Ind.Guard

Bluffton

NameClassHometownPosition
Dezman BrownSRElyria, OhioGuard
Aaron RichSRGreenville, OhioForward
Jameel CosbyJRSpringfield, OhioGuard
Ronnie JamesSRCleveland, OhioGuard

Defiance

NameClassHometownPosition
Marell JordanJRChicago, Ill.Guard
Tyler AndrewJRIndianapolis, Ind.Forward
Jack KolarSOCincinnati, OhioGuard
Avonte JonesSOColumbus, OhioGuard
Chase GlockSOStryker, OhioForward/Center

Earlham

NameClassHometownPosition
Jamel Barnes Jr.SRMuncie, Ind.Guard
AJ WhiteSOIndianapolis, Ind.Guard

Franklin

NameClassHometownPosition
Matt KrauseJRWest Lafayette, Ind.Forward
Sam GutierrezSRTipton, Ind.Guard
Payton MillsSRNewburgh, Ind.Forward
Danny GoggansSRIndianapolis, Ind.Forward
Ismail JonesSRBuckner, Ky.Guard

Hanover

NameClassHometownPosition
Mark AlbersSRPendleton, Ind.Guard
Connor WashburnSRIndianapolis, Ind.Center

Manchester

NameClassHometownPosition
Cortiz BucknerSRLafayette, Ind.Guard
CJ HamptonSRHammond, Ind.Forward
Matt WestmanSRMichigan City, Ind.Guard

Mount St. Joseph

NameClassHometownPosition
Devin YoungJRCrestwood, Ky.Forward
Tanner ClosJRAlexandria, Ky.Forward
Brady ThomasJRGrove City, OhioGuard
David LuersJRLebanon, OhioGuard

Rose-Hulman

NameClassHometownPosition
Craig McGeeSRLoveland, OhioGuard
Jacob BackSRHarrison, OhioForward
Samvit RamJRBuffalo Grove, Ill.Guard
Terry HicksSOFishers, Ind.Guard
Max ChaplinSOCarmel, Ind.Guard

Transylvania

NameClassHometownPosition
Michael JeffersonSRBerea, Ky.Guard
Zach LarimoreJRLa Grange, Ky.Forward
Lucas GentrySRMt. Vernon, Ky.Forward
Brandon CromwellSOVersailles, Ky.Guard