Another day, another honor for College of Staten Island men’s basketball star Will Fonseca. One day after receiving All-Atlantic Region Player of the Year honors from D3hoops.com, CSI’s senior forward Will Fonseca has learned that he will be packing his bags and heading to Virginia this weekend to participate in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) 2016 Reese’s Division III College All-Star game, on of 9 players named to the contest’s East team. For CSI, it is the second showing in the national showcase, as Fonseca joins former Dolphin and current assistant coach Jordan Young, who played in the annual event in 2012.
The Reese’s Division III College All-Star game will be played on Saturday, March 19, at 3:30 pm, prior to the NCAA Division III championship game, which begins at 6:00 pm at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Va. The teams are composed of two senior student-athletes from each of the eight regions in Division III and two seniors have been selected through online voting on D3hoops.com. Brooklyn College’s Egzon Gjonbalaj will join Fonseca on the East team, as will Rutgers-Newark standout Jordan McDaniel, who represent the Atlantic Region. The East team will be coached by Colby College’s Dick Whitmore. Former Otterbein University coach Dick Reynolds will coach the West team.
For Fonseca the honor is another humbling experience and offers a chance for reflection. “It’s actually a little bittersweet,” he said. “My senior year didn’t end the way I wanted it, but I take a lot of pride in being a Dolphin, so this chance to compete at the highest level and make my program proud is a rewarding experience.”
Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest “Phog” Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men’s basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today’s student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.nabc.org.
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