PSU Altoona star honored for his basketball abilities

Ishimeal Nance, a senior swingman for the Penn State Altoona men’s basketball team, was recently selected to play in the 2018 Reese’s Division III College All-Star Game following a two-day fan vote.

He is the first player in Penn State Altoona men’s basketball history to earn a spot in the game, which will be played on March 17 in Virginia.

Nance received a total of 58,907 votes during the fan vote.

“I just want to thank God first, and all of my family, friends, teammates, coaching staff, and people across the world for taking the time to vote for me and pushing for me,” Nance said.

Nance will join a roster of 20 total players — 10 on each team — from around the country.

“I am so happy for Ish and proud of him for everything he has accomplished since stepping on campus. He, along with his teammates, has helped take our program to new heights,” Penn State Altoona men’s coach David McGreal said. “After having a record-breaking season, it is good to see that we are being recognized on a national level, and Ish is the perfect vehicle for that, because without him, we wouldn’t have accomplished what we did.”

Nance led his conference in scoring during the 2017-18 season, averaging 19.1 points per game for a total of 515 points scored. He was also first in the conference in free throws made (127), second in minutes per game (32.4), defensive rebounds (166), total rebounds (212), and rebounds per game (7.9), third in field goals made (176), and sixth in steals (44). Additionally, Nance was named to the AMCC’s All-Tournament team for being among the top performers in the league’s postseason playoff tournament.s