NABC All-Star Game has a Brooklyn flavor


Brooklyn natives Will Fonseca and Shay Ajayi will represent the borough in Salem, Va., along with Brooklyn College's Egzon Gjonbalaj, one of the winners of the D3hoops.com fan vote.

The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) today announced the coaches and team rosters for the 2016 Reese’s® Division III College All-Star game, which will be played as part of the 2016 NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Championship. Reese’s brand is the official candy partner of the NCAA.

The Reese’s Division III College All-Star game will be played on Saturday, March 19, at 3:30 p.m., prior to the NCAA Division III championship game, which begins at 6 p.m. 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 who were selected by online voting on D3hoops.com.

2016 Reese’s NABC Division III All-Stars – East

No. Name Ht. Pos.  Hometown School Region
2 Jordan McDaniel 6-5 F Colonia, N.J. Rutgers-Newark Atlantic
5 Ted Hinnenkamp 6-7 F/G York, Pa. Dickinson Middle Atlantic
10 Will Fonseca 6-5 F Brooklyn, N.Y. Staten Island Atlantic
14 Hunter Hill 5-9 G Byron, Ill. Augustana Central 
21 Jordan Rezendes 6-2 G Onset, Mass. Mass-Dartmouth Northeast
23 Egzon Gjonbalaj 6-5 F/G Brooklyn, N.Y. Brooklyn Atlantic
32 Jared Staege 6-2 G Waunakee, Wis. UW-La Crosse Central
40 Brendan Boken 6-6 F So. Pasadena, Calif. Scranton Middle Atlantic
44 Shay Ajayi 6-6 F/G Brooklyn, N.Y. Trinity (Conn.) Northeast

Head coach: Dick Whitmore, Colby

2016 Reese’s NABC Division III All-Stars – West

No. Name Ht. Pos Hometown School Region
3 Scott Nikodemski 6-1 G Rockford, Mich. Alma Great Lakes
11 Trey Bardsley 5-10 G Beatrice, Neb. Nebraska Wesleyan West
14 Jordan Bolger 6-7 F Apple Valley, Minn. Concordia-Moorhead West
23 Andre Norris 6-7 F Plainfield, Ill. Dubuque West
33 Mitch Ford 6-5 F Victor, N.Y. Nazareth East
35 Anthony Gaines, Jr. 6-5 F/G Shreveport, La. Louisiana College South
40 Alex Graves 6-4 F Waynesboro, Va. Lynchburg South
41 Zane Hackett 6-7 C Brookville, Pa. Penn State-Behrend Great Lakes
24 Kyle Richardson 6-5 F/G Baldwin, N.Y. Plattsburgh State East

Head coach: Dick Reynolds, Otterbein 

The game features a pair of outstanding former coaches who have both been recipients of the NABC Division III Distinguished Service Award.  Former Otterbein University coach Dick Reynolds will coach the West team and former Colby College coach Dick Whitmore will guide the East team.

Reynolds retired from Otterbein following the 2012 season as the all-time wins leader in the history of the Ohio Athletic Conference with 653. A nine-time OAC coach of the year, Reynolds became the first OAC coach to take his team to league titles over four different decades. His squads earned six outright conference championships and shared it another five times with eight conference tournament titles. The Cardinals advanced to the NCAA Division III championship tournament 13 times under Reynolds, winning the NCAA championship in 2002 and reaching the Final Four in 1981 and 1991. Selected as the NCAA Division III coach of the year by the NABC in 2002, Reynolds was inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame and the Otterbein University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.

One of the all-time leaders in NCAA Division III career victories and one of the top 50 winning coaches in all divisions at the time of his retirement, Whitmore spent 40 years as head coach of the Colby College men’s basketball team.  Whitmore finished his career at Colby with a 637-341 record after the 2010-11 season. He was the interim head coach at Thomas College for the final four games in 2013-14, raising his record to 639-343. Whitmore was seventh all-time in Division III in career victories after leaving Colby and ranked eighth heading into this year.  With the success, honors were not far behind. Whitmore was inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame in 1998 and was in the inaugural class of the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002.

No. Name Ht. Pos Hometown School Region
3 Scott Nikodemski 6-1 G Rockford, Mich. Alma Great Lakes
11 Trey Bardsley 5-10 G Beatrice, Neb. Nebraska Wesleyan West
14 Jordan Bolger 6-7 F Apple Valley, Minn. Concordia-Moorhead West
23 Andre Norris 6-7 F Plainfield, Ill. Dubuque West
33 Mitch Ford 6-5 F Victor, N.Y. Nazareth East
35 Anthony Gaines, Jr. 6-5 F/G Shreveport, La. Louisiana College South
40 Alex Graves 6-4 F Waynesboro, Va. Lynchburg South
41 Zane Hackett 6-7 C Brookville, Pa. Penn State-Behrend Great Lakes
44 Kyle Richardson 6-5 F/G Baldwin, N.Y. Plattsburgh State East