SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. – Junior Dustin Sleva became the first player in Shippensburg University history to be named a National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) First-Team All-American Tuesday as he also earned a First-Team All-American nod from the Division II Conference Coaches Association (CCA).
Sleva is one of just 16 players to be named to the NABC team, which includes the top two vote-getters from each of Division II's eight regions. He is joined by Fairmont State's Matt Bingaya's as the Atlantic Region's two representatives. All 16 selections are now up for the NABC's Player of the Year. Sleva becomes the second NABC All-American in SU history as Keith Hill was a third-team honoree in 1991 when the NABC still used a three-team format.
Sleva's selection to the CCA First Team was further exclusive as he was just one of five players to earn the top All-American honor. Sleva had been named to the CCA All-Region First Team last week. He was also named to the Basketball Times All-America Second Team.
Sleva scored double-digit points in every game and made at least one three-pointer in all but one of SU's 31 contests, including 20 games with at least 20 points. He is the only player in all levels of NCAA basketball this season to average 21 points, 11 rebounds and three assists per game while having made at least 55 three-point field goals.
Sleva finished 13th in the PSAC in total assists while being one of two players in the conference to average a double-double. Sleva also paced the PSAC in total field goals made and total free throws made.
The Montour graduate was also named to the NCAA All-Atlantic Regional Team as he averaged 21 points, nine rebounds and 5.5 assists in two games, including SU's first-ever NCAA Tournament win – a 79-59 triumph over Virginia Union. He was the only player among the five selected to not be from the two teams that played in the regional championship game.
Sleva finished his junior season with the eighth-most points in school history (1,365), putting him 460 points shy of the SU school record, which is held by current SU assistant coach Chuck Davis.
(photo courtesy of Shippensburg University)