Jimmy Bartolotta and Melanie Auguste have been named winners of the 2009 Jostens Trophy, as originally reported by D3hoops.com.
In voting concluded before the beginning of the NCAA Tournament, Bartolotta, a senior guard for MIT, and Auguste, a senior guard at Colorado College, were the top men's and women's vote-getter among 10 finalists. Voters ranked each of the 10 finalists from top to bottom, and finalists were evaluated based on basketball ability, academics and community service.
Bartolotta averaged 27.6 points this season in leading the Engineers to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, finishing with 2,279 career points. The 2009 CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year carries a 4.6 grade-point average (on MIT's 5.0-point scale), with a double major in management science and physics. He has interned at Lockheed Martin as well as organized youth T-ball and mentored middle school children in the Cambridge, Mass., area.
Auguste was the first player in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference history to lead the league in scoring (20.2 points per game) and assists (7.1). She finished her career as the program's all-time leader with 607 assists and 243 steals. She also ranks No. 3 with 1,572 points and 100 three-point baskets, and is No. 4 with 815 rebounds. Auguste has a 3.74 GPA in economics and is a nominee for a Rhodes Scholarship. She takes part in Habitat for Humanity at Colorado College and was a founding editor of a student-run academic journal called the Rocky Mountain Undergraduate Review.
Bartolotta and Auguste will receive their awards at a ceremony in Salem, Va., on Thursday, March 19. It's the 12th year the award has been presented to the top all-around student-athlete in Division III men's and women's basketball.