KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Brian Sortino of the Oswego State men’s basketball team has received several accolades, regionally and nationally, based on his performance during the 2016-17 season.
Sortino is one of seven players to be named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Division III All-America First Team.
It is the highest honor he has received and comes on the heels of the State University of New York Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles.
Sortino joins Chad Burridge as the only other Laker to be a First-Team All-American.
Along with being selected as an All-American, Sortino was acknowledged as NABC East Region Player of the Year — again joining Burridge — and was named a member of the district’s first team.
He also earned Eastern College Athletic Conference North Region and D3hoops.com All-East Region First Team honors.
The Fairport native figuratively exploded onto the national scene, following a 48-point performance in late February. His outburst led the top-seeded Lakers to an 84-83 overtime victory over No. 4 Buffalo State in a SUNYAC Championship Semifinal and in the process broke Jim Bason’s 43-year-old facility record (41).
Throughout, Sortino recorded a stretch where he notched 27 straight Laker points as well as scored 20 points in just over six minutes.
Subsequent to the 48-point, nine rebound and six assist performance, the senior guard did not fade away, scoring 27 points in the 75-70 conference championship victory versus Oneonta.
Following the game, he was named championship Most Valuable Player and later SUNYAC Player of the Year.
On a game-by-game basis, Sortino had spectacular career, notching 1,991 points to average 19.0 points per game. He filled the stat sheet, dishing 3.4 assists, collecting 2.9 rebounds per game and 1.0 steals during his tenure.
During his final campaign, Sortino put together a career-high 20.9 points and 3.6 assists per contest. Although Sortino had seemingly done everything, the guard collected his first career double-double during an 83-82 win at Plattsburgh on Jan. 13. He scored 25 points and assisted on 12 baskets in the win.
Sortino then followed it up with a 33-point and 10-board double-double in an 81-70 win over Geneseo two weeks later.
The NABC is an organization of nearly 5,000 coaches nationwide, which promotes advocacy, leadership, service and education. It was founded in 1927 by a student of James Naismith — the founder of the game of basketball — and legendary University of Kansas head coach Forrest “Phog” Allen.