For the second-straight year, Indiana Wesleyan’s men’s basketball All-American, Kyle Mangas has been named the the Crossroads League’s Male Student-Athlete of the Year.
Mangas is the first repeat winner of the award since it was started in 2011-2012.
During a season in which he became the all-time leading scorer in IWU men’s basketball history, Mangas averaged career-highs of 26.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.8 steals per game as a junior. He shot 55.8 percent from the floor and 38.1 percent 3-point range for the Wildcats.
Mangas also reset his own single-season program record by scoring 860 points, which ranked second among all NAIA Division II players. He ranked 15th nationally with 59 steals and 17th with 135 assists.
For his efforts on the basketball court, Mangas earned NAIA Division II and Crossroads League Player-of-the-Year status, in addition to earning his third-straight NAIA All-American honor.
An even more impressive recognition of Mangas’ impact came when he was named the Bevo Francis Award winner. The Francis award encompasses all of small college basketball and included finalists from both NAIA Division I and II as well as NCAA Division II and III teams along with others.
Aside from his work on the court, Mangas was also awarded first team Academic All-American honors from CoSIDA, which represents the country’s sports information directors.
“Kyle represents the best of the Crossroads League,” said IWU head men’s basketball coach Greg Tonagel in a Crossroads League press release. “He continues to demonstrate not only on-court success, but off-court success as well. He is a person of high character, he is strong in his faith and he is constantly in pursuit of making those around him better.”
Indiana Wesleyan went 29-4 throughout the 2019-2020 season and won both the regular season and tournament titles in the Crossroads League. The Wildcats were ranked on or near the top of the NAIA DII rankings the entire season, but had their national championship aspirations dashed when COVID-19 forced the NAIA National Tournament to be cancelled.
Over his three-year career at IWU, Mangas has scored 2,479 points and helped the Wildcats to a 90-17 overall record and a trio of Crossroads League championships. He also played a key role on IWU’s 2018 NAIA national title winner.
The Crossroads League Male Student-Athlete of the Year award is nominated and voted on by the 10 Athletic Directors from the Crossroads League and announced each summer.
Winners of the CL’s Male Student-Athlete of the Year: 2019-20 and 2018-19 – Mangas, IWU (basketball); 2017-18 – Erik Escobedo, Bethel (track and field); 2016-17 – Lane Mahurin, IWU (basketball); 2015-16 – Austin Fox, Saint Francis (basketball); 2014-15 – Matt Schauss, Bethel (basketball); 2013-14 – Riley Swanson, Mount Vernon Nazarene (baseball); 2012-13 – Brady Klotz, Bethel (golf); 2011-12 – Caleb Kennedy, Huntington (basketball).