Staples alum named finalist for Josten’s Trophy

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Staples alum John DiBartolomeo, a senior guard for the University of Rochester men's basketball team, has been named one of 10 finalists for the Josten's Award, which honors the most outstanding Division III men's basketball player of the year.

University of Rochester guard John DiBartolomeo has been named a finalist for the Josten’s Trophy, one of the most pretigious awards for a Division-III basketball player.

A native of Westport and an alum of Staples High School, DiBartolomeo led Rochester to a share of the UAA men’s title (21-4, 10-4 conference) and is averaging 22.6 points per game, while shooting 47.5 percent from the floor. He led Rochester in rebouding (5.7 per game), assists (134 total) and steals (50). He was named the UAA’s Men’s Basketball Player of the Year and First Team All-UAA. It is the third straight year he was selected First Team All-UAA and the second time he was named the Player of the Year.

The Josten’s Trophy is a national award created by the Rotary Club of Salem, Va., to honor the most outstanding men’s and women’s Division III basketball players of the year. The award takes into account three vital parts: basketball ability, academic prowess and community service. The trophy models the Rotary International motto of “Service Above Self” by recognizing those who truly fit the ideal of the well-rounded Division III student-athlete. This year’s class marks the 16th year the award has been presented.

Away from the court, DiBartolomeo has a 3.19 cumulative grade point average. He is majoring in financial economics. He was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ Honors Court as a junior. He is a member of the Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity on campus. He interned last summer with an advertising agency in New York and is currently interning with a financial services organization in Rochester.

He is also a member of the St. Sebastian Society, a community service-based group for Christian athletes on campus. He is also a mentor in the Yes Pa program, which serves 17- to 21-year-olds currently incarcerated, preparing them for a return to the community. Lastly, he is a tutor at the Nativity School in Rochester.

The nine other men’s finalists for the Josten’s Trophy are  Sean Dart (Williamette), Kevin Donohue (Union), Colton Hunt (Randolph), Chris Kearney (Catholic), Taylor Koth (Ripon), Michael Mayer (Williams), Wes Nordquist (Buena Vista), Jason Norsen (St. John Fisher), and Nathan Roeder (North Central, MN).

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