Mavericks’ All-American girl

Sharaya Selsor finalist for national player of year

Colorado Mesa senior guard Sharaya Selsor earned All-America honors from two groups Monday and learned she’s one of three finalists for the WBCA national player of the year award.

She’d just as soon be playing in the NCAA Division II women’s Elite Eight today, but Colorado Mesa’s Sharaya Selsor isn’t bored during spring break.

There are resumes to send and job applications to fill out, and trying to convince her 2-year-old daughter, Carter, that she really doesn’t need that binkie any more.

And there are major post-season honors coming her way.

Monday afternoon, Selsor was selected to the Daktronics All-America first team.

Monday evening, she made the 10-player WBCA Division II All-America team and was announced as one of three finalists as the WBCA national player of the year.

“I don’t think I have words to explain how much ... it’s truly one of the coolest honors I would have ever dreamed of having,” Selsor said Monday.

“Earlier in the year the radio guy from Adams State said he thinks I’m going to get (WBCA player of the year) with the numbers I’m putting up. I looked at him like, ‘You’re crazy.’ I had to ask Coach (Taylor) Wagner ‘Are you serious?’ like three times on the phone.”

Selsor, Lauren Battista of Bentley (Mass.) University and Jada Blackwell of Cal Poly Pomona are the player of the year finalists. The player of the year will be announced April 7 during the WBCA Awards Show in Nashville in conjunction with the Division I Final Four.

Wagner is happy Selsor is being recognized by coaches around the country for the 750-point, 118-assist season she put up in her final year. Entering the national tournament, Selsor is fourth in the nation in scoring average, 23.4 per game.

“I think the great thing is the other coaches recognize how well she did and what it takes to become that type of player,” he said. “They’ve done a great job of honoring her throughout the year with different things. It’s a great honor for her to continue with her last year, being a senior, going out this way is special for her. It was fun to coach her and just see the progress she made in one year, how she elevated her game to a different level. She deserves it all.”

Wagner only wishes CMU could have scored a couple more baskets last week so Selsor and the Mavericks could be in Erie, Pa., this week along with the other two finalists.

“Those two are still playing and it would be awesome for (Selsor) and the team to still be working for that,” said Wagner, who is setting up recruiting visits for the next crop of players.

Selsor said she wished the season would have been extended one more week, but the All-America honor is reinforcement of the work she did in the offseason and throughout the Mavericks’ 30-2 season.

“It wasn’t anything I expected,” she said. “It’s nice to have all of my hard work pay off individually. It didn’t quite work out how I wanted to with the team, but it definitely gives me a little more gratification on everything I did since we didn’t make it to the Elite Eight.”

Earlier this season, she was the RMAC player of the year, made the RMAC Shootout and South Central Region all-tournament teams and the Daktronics South Central Region first team. The honor she’s perhaps proudest of, though, is being on the Capital One Academic All-America third team.

“The Academic All-American meant to much to me, finishing school after Carter,” she said. “It’s like you take that for granted, being in school, until something happens. It was going to be a challenge to finish it and to finish with that type of honor meant the world to me.”

She graduated with a degree in sports management in December and is working toward a master’s in business administration.

Wagner said it speaks volumes about Selsor that she isn’t on a beach during spring break, but looking for a job.

“That’s what sets her apart,” he said. “She’s doing all she can for the next step of her life and everyone else is taking a break. That tells you her mindset of what she needs to do and how to go about it. It’s always going to be what differentiates herself.”

And, as he recruits the group that will compete to replace the starting lineup, he hopes Selsor’s success will continue to the next team.

“Those honors are individual but it says a lot about her teammates and hopefully that trickles down,” he said. “There’s some consistency we’re trying to attain that level each and every year. I’m hoping there will be effects of her having this great year for years to come.”


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