Shiprock's Shannon Dale nominated for 2021 McDonald's All-American basketball team

Matt Hollinshead
Farmington Daily Times
Shiprock's Shannon Dale, seen here during the Marv Sanders Invitational boys basketball tournament on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, at Scorpion Arena in Farmington, was one of roughly 700 boys and girls players nationwide to receive a nomination for the 2021 McDonald's All-American team.

FARMINGTON — Although the 2020-2021 basketball season’s yet to start in New Mexico, Shannon Dale joined the exclusive list of 2021 McDonald’s All-American nominees.

The Shiprock forward is one of two New Mexicans to be nominated, the other being Hope Christian’s Savanna Lewis, and is among roughly 700 boys and girls nationwide up for consideration.

The final roster of 48 players will be named at the end of the month. However, the 44th annual game itself will not take place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Those 48 players will be recognized virtually.

Dale demonstrated he could score in bunches last season, both as an outside shooter and in using his 6-foot-3 frame to fight his way to the basket.

He also used his taller frame to scan the floor for open teammates when setting up transition opportunities.

The full list of nominees across the country can be viewed online at

Matt Hollinshead covers sports and business for the Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577, and on Twitter at @MattH_717.

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