The College of Staten Island men’s basketball squad has officially kicked off its preseason, and it hasn’t taken long for the attention to come for senior Will Fonseca. The forward backed up a sensational junior season by being recognized as a 1st-team All-America selection by D3hoops.com, it was announced on this week.
“I was speechless when I found ou,” said Fonseca. “I know I had a lot of accolades last season, but to know that coming in to this year people are taking notice of me and our team is very humbling. It certainly puts an added layer of pressure on me, but that’s I way I like it.”
The excitement surrounding Fonseca for his final season is justified. Fonseca bagged a CSI record 732 points last season, good for a 26.1 clip per game. He added 351 rebounds, good for 12.5 per game, scoring 49 blocked shots, 44 steals, and 65 assists. Fonseca’s 41 points in last year’s finale against NYU in the ECAC Metro NY/NJ Championship game was the second highest all-time at the College, and Fonseca rode the success to CUNYAC and ECAC Metro Player of the Year honors.
“I believe in my abilities and I believe in my teammates,” he said. “We are going to use what we accomplished last year to go into this season focused on getting a championship.”
Joining Fonseca on the first-team was fellow forward Joey Flannery from Babson College and guards Bryson Fonville (Catholic), Hunter Hill (Augustana) and Lucas Hausman (Bowdoin). The first-team honors are the first for the Dolphins by D3hoops.com. The website ranks top Division III programs weekly, and announced four All-America teams in total with five honorable mentions, highlighting a total of 25 athletes nationally.
For a complete listing of D3hoops.com All_America selections, click here.
CSI will tip off its season on November 18, when they visit Stockton University in Pomona, NJ. A big date on the schedule will be a Staten Island showdown with NCAA Division I Wagner College at Wagner’s campus on November 28. A week later, CSi will intro the home portion of its season at the Sports & Recreation Center on December 5, against Stevens Institute of Technology.