Bonifant a Consensus All-American

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 West Liberty University men’s basketball standout Seger Bonifant is now a consensus first-team NCAA Division II All-American.

The 6-7 junior wing from Berlin, Ohio was named today to the National Association of Basketball Coaches NCAA Division II All-America Team. Selected and voted on by the NABC’s NCAA Division II member coaches across the country, the 16-man team is considered the most prestigious of all post-season All-America Teams.

Today’s honor gives Bonifant a clean sweep of first-team selections on the three main All-America Teams. The Hilltopper standout was voted National Player of the Year by Basketball Times magazine and was a first-team pick on the Daktronics NCAA Division II All-America Team announced earlier this week.

Bonifant and 6-2 senior guard Kevin Capers of No. 1-ranked Florida Southern were the only two first-team selections on all three squads.

The Mountain East Conference and Atlantic Region Player of the Year, Bonifant led No. 5 West Liberty to a 28-4 record which included a sixth straight conference championship and “Sweet 16” berth. The Hilltoppers saw their four-year run as Atlantic Region champions halted in a heartbreaking 77-74 loss to No. 25 Indiana (Pa.) in last week’s Atlantic Region championship game.

Bonifant led the Atlantic Region and ranked among the top 10 scorers nationwide at 22.8 ppg. He also averaged 4.0 rebounds per game while shooting a blistering 56.8 percent from the floor (254-of-447) and 84.7 percent from the line (105-of-124). 

The leading 3-point shooter in NCAA Division II history, Bonifant drained an astounding 117-of-224 3-point attempts (52.2 percent) this season. He leads Division II in 3-point field goals and 3-point field goal percentage and ranks fourth in 3-pointers per game. His career 3-point field goal percentage (259-of-480, .540) is No. 1 all-time in the NCAA Division II ranks.

Bonifant reached double-figures in 31 of West Liberty’s 32 games with 20 games of 20 or more points, seven 30-point games and a career-high 44-point explosion in a win at Glenville on Jan. 12. Already ranking among the Hilltoppers’ all-time leading scorers with 1,396 career points heading into his Sr. season, he drained an NCAA Division II season-high 10 3-pointers in a win against Shepherd on Jan. 8 and set a career-high by going 14-of-15 from the foul line at Urbana on Dec. 6.


MEN’S BASKETBALL

2015 NABC ALL-AMERICA TEAM

NCAA Division II

Player School Ht Yr Pos Hometown

SEGER BONIFANT WEST LIBERTY 6-7 JR. F BERLIN, OHIO

Troran Brown Montevallo 6-2 Sr. G Phoenix, Ariz.

Kevin Capers Florida Southern 6-2 Sr. G Winter Haven, Fla.

Devante Chance Indiana (Pa.) 5-11 Sr. G Philadelphia, Pa.

Terrence Drisdo Cal Poly-Pomona 6-5 Sr. F Corona, Calif.

Dan Jansen Augustana 6-9 Jr. F Orange City, Iowa

Troy Leaf Azusa Pacific 6-1 Sr. G San Diego, Calif.

Mitch McCarron Metro State 6-3 Sr. G Brisbane, Australia

Jordan Riewer Minnesota St-Moorhead 6-2 Sr. G Staples, Minn.

Chris Santo Saint Anselm 6-5 Sr. F Cherry Hill, N.J. 

Keshun Sherrill Georgia Regents 5-9 So. G Cleveland, N.C.

Tylon Smith Southern Conn. State 6-2 Sr. G Manchester, Conn.

Ben Stelzer Michigan Tech 6-1 Sr. G Manitowoc, Wis.

Deonta Stocks West Georgia 6-1 So. G Lithonia, Ga.

Jake Thelen Bellarmine 6-7 Sr. F Edgewood, Ky.

Derrick White UC-Colorado Springs 6-5 Jr. G Parker, Colo.


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