Monteroso repeats on All-Region Team

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. – West Liberty University men’s basketball standout Dan Monteroso received first-team All-Atlantic Region honors for the second consecutive season on Monday when the 2017-18 NCAA Division II Conference Commissioners Association (CCA) All-Atlantic Region Team was announced.

Monteroso, a 6-3 senior guard from St. Clairsville, Ohio, led the nation’s highest scoring team in scoring (20.2 ppg.) for the second straight year and blew past the 1,000-point career mark in two dazzling seasons on the hilltop.

The 2-time first-team All-MEC selection and returning NCAA Division II Academic All-American helped guide Coach Ben Howlett’s Hilltoppers to a 26-4 season capped by another Mountain East Conference championship and WLU’s ninth straight NCAA Division II Tournament bid.

One of the 50 semifinalists for the 2018 Bevo Francis Award honoring the nation’s top small-college player, Monteroso hit double-figures in all 30 games this year. He posted 14 games of 20 or more points, two games with 30 or more and a West Liberty season-high 40 points in an MEC Tournament quarterfinal rout of West Virginia State.

Monteroso set an MEC Tournament record by going 18-of-19 from the foul line in that win against the Yellow Jackets, earning a spot on the MEC All-Tournament Team for the second straight year. Earlier this season, he tied a school record with an NCAA Division II season-high 9 steals at Davis & Elkins.

Joining Monteroso as first-team All-Region selections are Wheeling Jesuit senior Haywood Highsmith, Shippensburg senior Dustin Sleva, Concord junior Tommy Bolte and Slippery Rock sophomore Micah Till. Monteroso and Sleva are repeat first-teamers while Highsmith was named Player of the Year

All first-team selections advance to the national ballot for the 2017-18 D2CCA All-America Team, which will be announced later this month.

The Division II CCA is in its third year of sponsorship for the All-Region awards conducted annually by the region’s sports information directors. The Atlantic Region is composed of teams from the Mountain East Conference (MEC), the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) and the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) along with independents Bluefield State and Salem.