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Men's Basketball - Wed, Jul. 12, 2017

ST. LOUIS -- Missouri Baptist Men's Basketball forward Pablo Hernandez earned the American Midwest Conference (AMC) nomination for the Emil S. Liston Scholarship, the conference announced Wednesday afternoon. The award recognizes high athletic and academic achievement. 

For more on Hernandez and the honor, please read the following story provided by AMC SID Scott Barker:


"I have had the pleasure of knowing Pablo for the past two years since his arrival at Missouri Baptist," said Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics Dr. Thomas M. Smith. "It became clear after his first few months; Pablo was indeed an extraordinary individual who would be successful in any endeavor he took on."

Hernandez averaged 11.1 points per game last season to go along with 3.2 rebounds per game, while shooting 55.0-percent from the field and 45.5-percent from behind the 3-point arc.

"Pablo adds tremendous value to our team," said Missouri Baptist men's basketball head coach Matt Brock. "As a team leader, he helped us build our culture of hard work and daily improvement. There has never been a day, workout or practice that he gave less than his best effort. He is consistent in his approach and the results that. Pablo is one of the best forwards in the AMC and will be one of the top returning players in the league. Pablo Hernandez is a high achiever in all that he does. He represents the award very well."

Hernandez is just as impressive in the classroom as he is on the court. He currently has a 3.64 cumulative GPA, while majoring in K-12 Physical Education.

"As the Faculty Athletic Representative and Advisor of Pablo for the last two years, he had displayed excellent academic achievement and has become one of the most talented basketball players on the MBU team," said Faculty Athletic Representative Lowell Pitzer. "During the fall semester of his sophomore year, Pablo experienced a rare lung phenomenon where he had to return to Spain for surgery. In order to have full recovery, he stayed in Spain and finished the fall semester academically at MBU with outstanding grades. This did not surprise his coaches because they knew his dedication to be an outstanding student."

In October of 2016, Hernandez had a pneumothorax in his lung that stopped working. He traveled back to Spain to have the surgery and recover. This health issue was supposed to keep Pablo out for the season.

After just one week in the hospital, Pablo began to start his rehabilitation. On January 12th Pablo made his season debut, scoring nine points in limited minutes. His inspirational play propelled the Spartans to a late season surge and a trip to the AMC Semifinals after knocking off No. 6-ranked Columbia College.

"Most young men would selfishly choose to redshirt the rest of the season and save a year of eligibility," said Brock. "Pablo wanted to help his team. His presence alone in practice lifted everyone on our team."

"He is a champion of character on and off the court," said Brock. "Respect and integrity are two of his strengths. This past season especially, he has shown tremendous dedication to his teammates and our University."

2017 AMC Award Winners:

Sports Information Director of the Year – Travis Rae, William Woods University

Athletic Director of the Year – Claude English, Park University

Coach of Character Award – Mike Talamantes, head volleyball coach at Park University

Dr. LeRoy Walker Champions of Character – Jenna Duckworth, softball player at Hannibal-LaGrange University

A.O. Duer Scholarship Award – Elyssa Cappaert, women's soccer player at William Woods University

Emil S. Liston Scholarship Award – Pablo Hernandez, men's basketball player at Missouri Baptist University

The American Midwest Conference is a 13-school Division I conference with schools in Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri and Tennessee. It was chartered in 1986 as the Show-Me Collegiate Conference becoming the American Midwest Conference in 1994. The Conference sponsors 18 championships, nine each for men and women – baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's indoor track & field, men's and women's outdoor track & field, women's volleyball and men's wrestling.