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MIT's Bartolotta earns Jostens Trophy

Posted by Craig Larson, Globe Staff  March 10, 2009 06:32 PM

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Jimmy Bartolotta added one more piece of hardware to the most decorated season in over a century of MIT men's basketball.

The high-scoring senior guard is the 2009 recipient of the highly coveted Jostens Trophy, which annually recognizes outstanding student-athletes in NCAA Division 3 basketball for excellence in the classroom, on the playing court and in the community.

This season, the 6-foot-4 Littleton, Colorado native averaged 27.6 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game in powering the Engineers to their first NCAA tournament berth. He is the first 2,000-point scorer in MIT history, while currently ranking second in the nation in scoring.

“As a member of the MIT men’s basketball team, Jimmy’s athletic skill has made him a leader, but his leadership extends past the court and into his daily life,” said MIT Director of Athletics Julie Soriero in a statement.

“He is a consummate competitor; hardworking, persevering, and measuring success in terms of effort and dedication. By serving as an example, he engenders the respect of his teammates, coaches, and all those around him.”

In the NCAA regionals last weekend, Bartolotta dropped 27 points and grabbed eight rebounds in a first-round, overtime upset of 17-ranked Rhode Island College followed by another 27-point outing in a 67-61 second round loss to Farmingdale State.

In the classroom, Bartolotta carries a 4.6 out of 5.0 grade point average while double majoring in management science and physics. He has extensive experience as a research analyst and consultant for the MIT Sloan School of Management and has been selected to the NEWMAC Academic All-Conference team on three occasions. This year, he was also named CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America of the Year.

WPI’s Ryan Cain captured the prestigious honor in 2007.

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