John Mantel Selected to Play in NABC Division III All-Star Game at NCAA III Men’s Basketball Finals
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Calvin College senior John Mantel will kick off his final spring break as a Calvin student with one final collegiate basketball game. A native of Chelsea and a graduate of Chelsea High School, Mantel has been selected to participate in the first-ever NABC (National Association of Basketball Coaches) Division III College All-Star game this Saturday in Salem, Virginia. The NABC All-Star game was instituted this year after the NABC decided to permanently eliminate the consolation game from the NCAA III Men’s Basketball Final Four.
The final rosters for the first NABC Division III All-Star Game were released this afternoon. The game will take place at the Salem Civic Center at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 20, before the Division III men’s basketball national championship game.
In accordance with NCAA rules, all players must be seniors or have exhausted their eligibility. The coaches are former Division III men’s basketball head coaches.
Two players will be added to each roster from the teams that are defeated in the Division III national semifinals on Friday night.
Mantel will play with the West team on Saturday coached by former UW-River Falls coach Rick Bouwen. The East team will be coached by former Hanover coach Mike Beitzel.
“This is a great honor for John and for our program,” said Calvin men’s basketball coach Kevin Vande Streek on Tuesday. “John has had a wonderful career at Calvin and we are all thrilled to see him get this opportunity.”
During the 2009-10 season, Mantel averaged 14.5 points and 7.5 rebounds a game. He concluded his career 12th on the Calvin career scoring list with 1,263 points and sixth on the Calvin career rebounding list with 680 rebounds. At the conclusion of the season, Mantel was named to the All-MIAA first team for the second straight year after helping lead Calvin to its second consecutive outright MIAA regular season title.
A mechanical engineering major at Calvin, Mantel is currently part of a team of five students working on a senior design project that involves modifying a 12-horse power engine. The goal of the modification is to decrease emissions and increase efficiency of the motor that is designed for lawnmower use. Mantel has already accepted a job with an engineering company in Ann Arbor and will begin full employment with the company in June.
Prior to graduating however, Mantel will look forward to playing one more collegiate basketball game. “I am really honored to be selected,” said Mantel earlier this afternoon. “To be honest, it was a pleasant surprise. I did not expect it but I am looking forward to playing in the game and representing Calvin College.”
Mantel is scheduled to fly to Salem on Thursday night. Calvin’s spring break official begins late Friday afternoon.
There will be a live video broadcast of the collegiate all-start game, with Pat Coleman, Joe Davis and Dave McHugh of d3hoops.com on the call from Salem. Tickets are part of the daily ticket for Saturday at the Salem Civic Center, which includes the national title game at 1 p.m. ET.
Rosters for the all-star game can be found on the d3hoops.com Web site at: NABC All-Star Game Announcement on d3hoops.com