June 8, 2010

SUNYIT's Golembiowski Selected to Participate on the USA D-3 All-Star Basketball Team Tour in Brazil

SUNYIT junior David Golembiowski (Barneveld, NY/Holland Patent) has been selected to participate on the USA D-3 All-Star Basketball Team Tour through Brazil this summer.

Golembiowski, a D3Hoops preseason All-American, was chosen to the team due to his selection to the D3Hoops All-East Region Team this past March.  The rest of his teammates will also consist of players that were All-Region selections throughout the country.
 
"This is an exceptional opportunity for David to carry the SUNYIT banner on a global stage,” explained SUNYIT Athletics Director and head men’s basketball coach Kevin Grimmer.  “Having one of our student-athletes chosen to represent our country in such a prestigious event is fantastic for our program. It's a tremendous opportunity for David to measure up with the best players in the NCAA III and I'm sure he will distinguish himself very well against such a high level of competition." 
The five-game tour will run from August 3 through August 12.  The squad will begin with orientation and practice in Orlando, FL for the first two days before flying to Sao Paulo, Brazil for back-to-back contests on August 6 and 7.  The team will then travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for two more contests on August 9 and 10 before concluding the tour with a game against the Brazilian National Military team. 
 
Aside from representing the USA on the hardwood, the trip will also provide the group of All-Stars with social and cultural outreach opportunities within the communities they visit, and will also allow them to visit schools and historical sites throughout Brazil.

Golembiowski had an outstanding season for the Wildcats, as he was crowned the NEAC Player of the Year for the second straight year and the Eastern College Athletic Conference Upstate Player of the Year, as well as being selected to the NEAC All-Conference First Team, the NABC All-East Region First Team and the DIII News All-America Fourth Team.  The 6-foot-7 sharpshooter led the team in points (21.1), rebounds (10.3) and blocks (3.0) per game and free throw percentage (.794), while being second in both field goal percentage (.501) and three-pointers made (72).  He also led the NEAC in both points and blocks and was second in rebounds, while ranking seventh in the nation in blocks per game, highlighted by his school-record nine blocks in one game.  He became the program's all-time leader in career rebounds and blocks this season, while also scoring his 1,500th career point on the year to help him place second all-time in that category.

The Wildcats had their greatest season in program history, winning their second straight NEAC Tournament Championship and making an appearance in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the first time ever.  The squad finished with a program-best record of 26-5 overall and won eighteen straight contests during the season.