Lasells Guitian Selected as Finalist for Prestigious Jostens Trophy
Lasell’s Jose Guitian has been selected as a top 10 finalist for the prestigious Jostens Trophy, 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 recognizes those who truly fit the ideal of a well-rounded Division III student-athlete, and is based on three components: basketball ability, academic prowess, and community service.
There is no doubt that Guitian is one of the top Division III basketball players in the nation. At 6’10”, Guitian has a commanding presence in the post both offensively and defensively, which is demonstrated by the fact that he is ranked nationally in scoring (7th NCAA), rebounding (2nd NCAA), and blocked shots per game (18th NCAA). Yet Guitian’s ability transcends that of just a typical forward, as he can be found bringing the ball up the court and dishing it off with the skill of the best point guards and can also shoot from anywhere on the court. Guitian has recorded 21 double-doubles this season.
The list of Guitian’s basketball accolades can go on and on. The senior co-captain from Miami, Florida has surpassed 1,500 career points and 1,000 career rebounds during this, his final season. He has been selected as the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Player of the Week 9 times, the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Player of the Week 4 times, and has been a D3Hoops.com national Team of the Week honoree 3 times, just this season. He leads the GNAC in scoring, rebounding, and blocked shots, and has broken the all-time scoring and all-time rebounding records at Lasell.
But talent on the basketball court is just the beginning of Guitian’s impact. Without question, he exemplifies the total student-athlete package as a leader on his team, as a student dedicated to his academics, and as a volunteer in the various aspects of community service he participates in, which includes acting as a mentor at the Boys & Girls Club in Newton, Mass., volunteering as a coach for a girl’s volleyball team in Miami, and dedicating time to the SPARKS program for underprivileged children. What makes Guitian stand out is his positive attitude, his incredible sportsmanship, and the high standards that he holds himself to in all aspects of his life, whether on the court or off. It is easy to see why Jose has been honored as a finalist for this esteemed award.
The list of finalists, which can be found below, will be forwarded to the 35-person national selection committee, who will complete the selection process by picking the two Jostens Trophy winners.
Courtesy: Lasell Athletic Communication
The Finalists are as follows:
Men’s Finalists Women’s Finalists
Jimmy Bartolotta, MIT Melanie Auguste, Colorado College
Jose Guitian, Lasell College LeighAnn Burke, DeSales University
Rashawn Johnson, Wesley College Melissa Gorski, Monmouth College
Tim Madson, Bethel University Amanda Hiltunen, Randolph-Macon College
Scott Morton, SUNY Geneseo Hillary Klimowicz, The College of New Jersey
John Noonan, Ursinus College Sarah Meisenberg, Franklin & Marshall College
Joel Patch, Susquehanna University Margo Muhlbauer, Buena Vista University
Kent Raymond, Wheaton College Megan Scheele, Edgewood College
Jeff Skemp, UW-Plateville Claire Sheehan, Illinois Wesleyan University
Tony Thrasher, Hamline University Keli Ward, York College
Final ballots are due no later than March 6 with the winning schools notified on March 9. The awards presentation is scheduled for Thursday, March 19 at the Salem Civic Center in conjunction with the Men’s Division III Championship being hosted in Salem, Va., on March 20-21.
Additional information on the award can be found at: http://www.odaconline.com/jostens/jostens.htm