The College Sports Information Directors of America honored Maryville College's Dante Hoppa as a Google Cloud Academic All-District honoree following the 2018-19 season.
Hoppa – a senior from Naples, Fla. – was named a First-Team honoree as a Business major. The forward was the only USA South Athletic Conference player selected on the men's side, as he also earned Third-Team All-Conference honors from the league.
"Dante – on top of being an exceptional student – was a very good player," Head Coach Randy Lambert said. "He surpassed the 1,000-point plateau in his career this season, and he's been a leader in our program in each of his four years. He's the model student athlete. He takes his academics and basketball very seriously, and the young man is going to be a success in anything he chooses to do. He has that drive and motivation that you just don't see in a typical young man."
Hoppa has been stellar on the basketball court during his four years in Orange and Garnet, as he was tabbed the USA South Tournament MVP following his junior campaign. This season, he was tabbed on the All-Conference and All-Tournament squads by the USA South.
He's accomplished those basketball accolades while excelling in the classroom at Maryville College. Hoppa's posted a 3.77 GPA was a key to his award from CoSIDA.
"He was just a real pleasure to coach," Lambert said. "You just don't run across too many people like him."
Hoppa was instrumental in leading the Scots to back-to-back USA South Athletic Conference Tournament Titles this year. Maryville went 1-4 to start the year, as the Scots rallied behind Hoppa to win 20 of its next 23 games.
During his senior season, Hoppa led the Scots to back-to-back NCAA Tournament Appearances and the program's third-consecutive 20-win campaign.
The 6-foot-5 forward surpassed both the 1,000-point plateau and the 500-rebound mark in his stellar career. He scored 30 points to lead Maryville in the opening round of the national tournament.
"Especially down the stretch, there were games where I just had to tell him, 'It's your time. We need you to look to score more, and we need you to take over in a game. Utilize your size and post a guy up or score from the perimeter,'" Lambert said. "He didn't have a great start to the year. Statistically, his percentages were down. By the end of the year, he was second only to Calvin [Songster] in regards to field goal percentage and 3-point field goal percentage."
Those moments down the stretch led Hoppa to finish his career as the 20th-best scorer in Maryville College history. He posted 1,192 career points, as he and Songster both eclipsed a grand on the year.
Hoppa shot 48.2 percent from the floor on the year, scoring 393 total points. He posted a 43.9 percent mark from beyond the 3-point line, tallying 58 treys on the season.
He had a team-leading 173 rebounds per contest, while raking in 6.0 rebounds per game. The senior added 64 assists, 33 steals and seven blocks to his credit.
To finish out his career, Hoppa had 582 total rebounds to go with his 1,192 points. He had 241 career assists, 104 career steals and 33 total blocks.