MARION, Ind. — Two of Indiana Wesleyan University men’s basketball most successful players end their careers as 2017 NAIA Division II All-American selections.
Mahurin was named All-American First Team while Peters was voted to the All-American Second Team. The duo both scored 2,000 career points in a Wildcat uniform and led the 2017 squad to a 29-8 record and a berth in the NAIA National Semifinals.
Mahurin becomes the first Wildcat to be named to a top three team on three occasions. He was named All-American Third Team in 2015 and is a two-time All-American First Team member with selections in 2016 and 2017. Jordan Weidner was the only other Wildcat to be recognized three times but one was an All-American Honorable Mention nod. Mahurin joins Jonny Marlin as the only Wildcats with two All-American First Team selections.
The Rockville, Indiana product led Indiana Wesleyan with 20.4 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. He shot 52-percent from the field and 80-percent from the foul line. Mahurin is the only player to average more than 20 points per game in 12 years under head coach Greg Tonagel.
“Lane is such a special talent,” said Tonagel. “He is one of the most difficult matchups that I have ever coached. The progression of his game represents the growth we want to see in a player.”
Peters was honored for the first time in the NAIA postseason awards. He finished the season with 16.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.8 steals per game. The Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio native connected on 92 3-pointers on 41-percent shooting from beyond the arc and led the team with 84-percent shooting from the foul line. Earlier in the season, Peters was named the Crossroads League Defensive Player of the Year.
“Bob has made so many big shots over his career,” stated Tonagel. “Talk about embodying the fearless mentality.”
Indiana Wesleyan men’s basketball has seen 16 NAIA All-American honors in program history with 15 of them since the 2006-07 season. IWU has boasted two players making an All-American team in each of the last five seasons.