Miller and Hoyt Garner Additional Awards

Cory Miller Jr, a sophomore guard from Mendon, IL, was recently named a First Team All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association. Miller, the fourth First Team All-American in the program’s history, joins three other players coached by Head Coach Brad Hoyt that have received this honor (Joel Box, 2005; TJ Tisdell Jr, 2014; Jordan Johnson, 2015). Miller’s selection is the third First Team selection in the last six years for the Trail Blazers. He finished the season with averages of 21.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game. Miller also ended the season shooting 50.7% from the field, 44.6% from the three point line, and 77.5% from the free throw line against the 2nd ranked schedule in the country. Cory lead JWCC to the Region 24 and District 16 tournament championship, a berth in the NJCAA DII National Tournament, and a 6th place national finish. He can add this award to his Co-Player of the Year recognition in both the Conference and the Region. Cory is currently visiting NCAA DI and II programs from across the country in order to decide on where he will continue his academic and athletic career. For a complete list of all the NJCAA DII All-Americans, click HERE. The Mid West Athletic Conference and Region 24 have had seven NJCAA All-Americans over the past six seasons, four of them have been John Wood Blazers. No other program has more than one. JWCC has the only First Team All-Americans (3) from Region 24 in those same six seasons.

The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) recently announced their Coach of the Year honors and the Trail Blazer’s Brad Hoyt has been recognized as the IBCA NJCAA DII Co-Coach of the Year. This is the third IBCA recognition for Coach Hoyt, garnering the same award following the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons. The IBCA will recognize all of their Coach of the Year recipients at the annual Hall of Fame Banquet, held on the campus of Illinois State University at the end of April.

The Trail Blazers finished the 2018-19 campaign as the Region 24 and District 16 champions and finished 6th in the country at the NJCAA DII National Tournament. It was the third appearance by John Wood in the national tournament in the past six seasons.