The College of Staten Island men’s basketball team finalized its season on March 8, but the accolades continue to pour in, and once again it’s junior Will Fonseca basking in the glow. The second-year CSI forward was named a DIII News third-team All-America selection. Composed of players from all over the continental United States, DIII News honors a total of 25 athletes spread over five All-America teams, with another 10 selected to an All-Freshman team.
Fonseca enjoyed a phenomenal 2014-15 campaign, one that saw him break the school’s single season scoring record with 732 points, a mark he broke in a 41-point outburst in the ECAC Metro NY/NJ Championship Game over NYU, an 84-80 CSI victory.
“This is beyond humbling,” said Fonseca. “When I heard the news it really started to sink in. To know that coaches and journalists from not just the region but the nation recognize that you have done something special is just so great. I am very overwhelmed.”
Many of Fonseca’s opponents felt overwhelmed as well this season with the 6-5, forward. Fonseca dumped in 26.1 points per contest alongside 12.5 rebounds a clip. His 732 points led the nation, as did his 26 double-doubles and total field goals. Fonseca, who averaged under 20 minutes per contest during his first go-around with the Dolphins last year, averaged just over 37 minutes per contest in 2014-15, and surpassed the 1,000-point milestone in CSI’s 70-67 loss in the CUNYAC Quarterfinals against York College, a bittersweet moment for Fonseca, but one that will drive him for further advancements, the junior noted.
“I know I was playing well but the season came with some disappointments, especially our CUNY Tournament loss to York,” he said. “To know I have another year to work on improving my game and for the team as a whole to get better, I feel like the sky is the limit.”
One thing is for sure, Fonseca has no intention on resting on his laurels. “I plan to improve myself in all facets of the game. Our best basketball is still ahead of us.”
CSI finished the season 20-9, a mark that included an 11-5 clip inside of CUNYAC play.
For a complete list of DIII News honorees, visit the award winners here.