Ishimeal Nance recognized for sensational senior campaign
Ishimeal Nance, a guard/forward for the Penn State Altoona men’s basketball team, had one of the best statistical performances in program history during the 2017-18 season. Because of his excellence on the hardwood, the outgoing senior became one of the most decorated players in team history.
Nance, a native of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, who graduated from Penn State Altoona in May 2018 with a degree in electro-mechanical engineering technology, accomplished many impressive feats with the Lions during his senior campaign, en route to garnering several high profile honors.
“Ishimeal is very deserving of every accolade he’s received during his time here at Penn State Altoona,” said men’s basketball head coach David McGreal. “It really shows how he, along with his teammates, has helped propel our program into the national spotlight. I hope that we can continue to produce teams and players that will garner us many individual and team awards in the future.”
Nance was voted the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference’s 2017-18 Men’s Basketball Player of the Year and was also a first team All-AMCC selection. Additionally, he was named to the second team of the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-Great Lakes District team, and he earned a spot on the third team of the D3hoops.com All-Great Lakes Region squad.
Following those recognitions was Nance’s selection to the 2018 Reese’s Division III College All-Star Game. In a two-day nationwide fan vote, Nance received 58,907 votes to qualify for the All-Star Game, becoming the first Penn State Altoona men’s basketball player to ever be named to the national Division III All-Star contest. Nance’s All-Star selection sealed his status as one of the best players in NCAA Division III men’s basketball during the 2017-18 season.
Nance led the AMCC in scoring during 2017-18, 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). Nance set four new Penn State Altoona men’s basketball single season records, becoming the program’s new record-holder for points scored (515), free throws made (127), free throws attempted (165), and defensive rebounds (166) in a single year.
In 2017-18, Nance helped lead the Penn State Altoona men’s basketball team to its best season in program history, as the Lions’ total of 17 wins set a new team record for the most wins in a season. Penn State Altoona posted a 17-10 overall record, including a 13-5 mark in the AMCC that tied for third in the conference. The team earned its second consecutive berth into the AMCC Tournament, and it was also selected to compete in the Eastern College Athletic Conference’s Division III Championship Tournament for the second straight year.
Lions’ guard/forward Ishimeal Nance drives to the basket during the 2018 Reese’s Division III College All-Star Game on March 17 at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Virginia.