The Mount Vernon Nazarene College men's basketball team has added another player to its roster for the 2000-2001 season with the addition of Matt Hilbert.
Hilbert, a 6-foot-7 post from Plain City, Ohio, averaged 15.1 points and 12 rebounds per game as a senior at Jonathan Alder High School as he was named to the Buckeye Athletic Conference Second Team and the All-County First Team despite only playing in 12 games due to an injury suffered during football season. Hilbert was also a BAC First Team and All-County First Team selection as a junior.
"Matt has a great deal of potential," said MVNC head coach Scott Flemming. "He was slowed down by a football injury this past year, so I think that his best days are ahead. He has a really soft touch for a post player, and he is even able to step out and knock down the three-point shot. That will definitely benefit him in our program."
"Matt is another great fit for our college as well," Flemming added. "He showed a real to desire to attend a Christian college."
In addition to playing basketball and football, Hilbert was active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He was also selected as Mr. Jonathan Alder and the Homecoming King.
"There are several reasons why I chose to attend MVNC," said Hilbert. "It is a great campus and the atmosphere is outstanding. It is a Christian school with a great location, and it is the size of school that I was looking for. Plus, it has an extremely good basketball team."
The Cougars finished the 1999-2000 season with a 26-8 overall record marking the fourth straight season that the team has topped the 20-win mark. MVNC also advanced to the NAIA Division II National Tournament for the third year in a row.