Less than a week after being named NCAA Division II National Player of the Year by Basketball Times magazine, the 6-7 junior sharpshooter from Berlin, Ohio has earned a berth on the prestigious Daktronics NCAA Division II All-America Team and was also a first-team pick on the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-Atlantic District honor roll.
The lone junior on the 5-man Daktronics All-America first-team unit, Bonifant averaged 22.8 ppg., 10th in Division II, along with 4.0 rebounds per game. He shot 56.8 percent from the floor (254-of-447) and 84.7 percent from the line (105-of-124).
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 senior 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.
Rounding out the NABC Atlantic District All-District team are Adam Blazek of Gannon, Devante Chance of Indiana (Pa.), Whis Grant and Matt Tobin of East Stroudsburg and Cameron Knox of Bowie State.