2011-12 Men's Basketball
Josh Fisher named Second Team All-HCAC
Josh Fisher and Mychal Hill selected All-Heartland Conference
February 28, 2012
BLUFFTON, Ohio - Junior Josh Fisher (Rockford/Parkway) earned second team All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference recognition for his play at both ends of the floor during the 2011-12 men's basketball season. It is the second straight season that Fisher, an honorable mention selection a year ago, has been named All-Heartland Conference. Senior Mychal Hill (London/Jonathan Alder) collected his third consecutive All-HCAC award when he was named honorable mention. Hill was a first team selection as a sophomore and he garnered second team honors in 2011-12.
Josh Fisher led Bluffton in scoring with 12.0 points per game on 88-of-208 shooting from the field (42.3 percent). He hit 31-for-88 from distance (35.2 percent) and was outstanding at the line in knocking down 56-of-70 attempts for 80.0 percent. Fisher topped the team with 1.1 steals per game and he also dished out 32 assists while pulling down 2.3 rebounds per game.
Even more impressive was Fisher's work on the defensive end against the premier scoring guards in the conference. He frustrated First Team All-HCAC honorees Phil Hogan and Logan Wolfrum as well as Heartland Conference tournament MVP Julian Strickland, holding the trio in check each time they matched up. After three seasons, Fisher ranks 16th all-time with 76 made three point goals and he is 45th on the career scoring list with 731 points as he looks to become Bluffton's first 1,000 point scorer since Colt Cunningham (2005-09).
Mychal Hill capped his career with a third straight All-HCAC honor following a 16-10 campaign just two years removed from a 2-23 season for the Beavers. He was second on the team with 10.9 PPG on 50-of-131 (38.2 percent) shooting from outside the arc. Hill was superb from the charity stripe, connecting on 79-of-87 (81.4 percent) while also dishing out a team-best 63 dimes. The senior floor general added 2.5 RPG and he picked up 18 steals.
Hill ended his four years at Bluffton 28th on the all-time scoring list with 947 points despite missing parts of his freshmen and sophomore seasons due to injuries. His 145 three-pointers are 7th all-time while his 40.2 percent shooting from deep places him 15th on the career list. Hill converted 276 free throws, 12th all-time, while his 81.9 percent shooting at the line ties him with Ryan McClure for 9th all-time. He dished out 189 career assists for 16th on the career list.
In conjunction with the All-Heartland Conference awards, the conference has announced the All-HCAC Sportsmanship Team for the 2011-12. This award has been developed as part of a conference-wide sportsmanship initiative. Members of the All-HCAC Sportsmanship team are selected by the coaches and their teammates as individuals who demonstrate the ideals of positive sportsmanship both on and off the field/court of competition. Bluffton senior Steve Swick (Elida) was recognized for his sportsmanship this season.
Bluffton capped the final full season in Founders Hall with its seventh winning campaign in the last eight years. It marked the Beavers' third Heartland Conference tournament berth in the last four seasons. The 16 wins knotted the 2011-12 squad with the 1991-92 and 2000-01 teams for the fourth-best season in school history while the 10 conference victories equaled the 2006-07 squad for the most ever in Heartland Conference action. The Beavers knocked off the top two teams in the HCAC, Hanover and Transylvania, on successive Saturdays to end the season as the #4 seed in the conference tournament.