OTTUMWA-Indian Hills sophomore guard Shane Gatling has been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) NJCAA Division I All-America Team. There are 10 players on the NABC elite squad, all of them sophomores. It’s the second All-American honor for Gatling, who earlier was selected to the NJCAA first team.
After transferring to Indian Hills from Niagara University in New York, Gatling led the Warriors in scoring this past season with his 16.6 average and was one of the most prolific long-range shooters in school history, tying the record for most 3-pointers in a season with 102. He made 39 percent of his 3-point tries and hit at least one three in all but two of the Warriors’ 34 games in their 33-1 season.
IHCC head coach Hank Plona noted that Gatling had an outstanding year and called him a “pleasure to coach.” Plona praised the All-American guard saying, “Shane is a hard-working young man who has improved every day he’s been here. He’s a dynamic guard that can score and make plays in many different ways. I’m thrilled he has received this honor and can’t wait to see him continue to succeed at the NCAA Division I level next year.”
Gatling is currently lining up recruiting visits and will be one of nine players from the 2017-18 IHCC squad to play at a four-year school next year.