And the hits just keep on coming for College of Staten Island men’s hoops star Will Fonseca. On the heels on an ECAC Metro Player of the Year honor, Fonseca won perhaps the highest distinction he has been accredited to thus far, by being selected as a 1st-team All-America by BennettRank. Tracking rankings in every NCAA Division, BennettRank names five players each to three All-America teams spanning the entire nation, meaning Fonseca is in exclusive company.
“This is an unbelievable honor,” said Fonseca. “It puts how I did this seasoninto perspective. I know I can be an even better player and I am going to work so much harder to raise my level and help this team do even bigger things.”
By now, Fonseca’s exploits are rather storied. The junior led the nation in scoring with 732 points, good for a CSI single season record and a 26.1 points per contest clip. For added measure, he posted 12.5 rebounds per game, and led the team with 49 blocked shots. He nearly eclipsed the team’s single-game scoring record, falling one short in a 41-point effort against New York University (ranked No. 15 nationally by BennettRank) in the ECAC Metro NY/NJ Championship, won by CSI in double-overtime. Fonseca posted a total of 26 double-doubles this season, also leading the nation.
After winning CUNYAC Player of the Year honors, Fonseca was a first team All-Region all-star selection by D3hoops.com and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. He followed with third-team All-America nods by D3hoops.com and the DIII News, along with the ECAC Metro Player of the Year selection. In short, it was a phenomenal year for the junior.
“Will obviously had one of the best seasons I’ve ever seen. His numbers were extraordinarily impressive,” told his coach, Tony Petosa. “We wouldn’t be where we are without him, and he deserves the amount of respect he has been given. He’s athletic, he can run, he can jump, and he is strong and there aren’t many players like him. All that said, I think he is right when he says he can be even better, and it’s amazing what he can potentially be next season with another off season under his belt.”
Joining Fonseca on the first-team were Gordon Lyons of SUNY-Geneseo, Victor Ijuljdjuraj from Albertus Magnus College, Tyler Gaffaney from Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, and Aaron Walton-Moss from Cabrini College. For a link to the BennettRank feature, click HERE.