It’s been quite a week for CSI men’s basketball senior Frank Schettino. A little over a day after being recognized by the National Association of Basketball Coaches as a All-District 1st-team All-Star, Schettino has now doubled as a 3rd-team All-America selection by the organization, perhaps the most prestigious in NCAA Basketball.
Schettino took home CUNYAC and ECAC Metro Player of the Year honors following a tremendous senior campaign were he averaged an even 18.0 points a game to go with a school record 254 assists, part of a school-record 826 in his career. The point guard registered a remarkable five triple-doubles this season, the first of which included a school single-game record 17 assists against Medgar Evers College. He exploded for 43 points in a single contest against CCNY on the road, and broke the school’s career steals record in a late season rout over Brooklyn College.
“What a great honor it is to be considered an All-America,” said Schettino upon learning of the news. “I just want to thank all of my teammates and my coaches for helping me accomplish this achievement because without them I wouldn’t be in this situation.”
Schettino will take the All-America laurel with him to the NABC Division III All-Star Game this weekend in Salem, where he will join a host of other award winners for the all-star showcase that tips off prior to the NCAA Division III National Championship. Schettino is one of only two regional players to make the All-America teams, the other being Ramapo College’s Thomas Bonacum, who earned first-team honors.
All tallied, there were a total of 24 All-America’s honored by the NABC. The NABC was founded in 1927 by 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.