ROCKFORD, Ill. - Senior forward Zach Wallace (Rockford, Ill.) received yet another piece of good news on Tuesday afternoon when he named a finalist for the 2017 Jostens Trophy. Wallace is the only Regent to be named a finalist for the Jostens Trophy over the past decade. The male and female winners will be notified by next Friday, March 10, and the awards presentation will then take place on Thursday, March 16 at the Salem Civic Center in conjunction with the NCAA Division III men's basketball semifinals and championship in Salem, Va., on March 17-18.
This is yet another honor for Wallace who has already compiled an impressive list of both athletic and academic awards so far this year. To date he has been named a Jostens Trophy finalist, First Team Academic All-America, First Team Academic All-District, First Team All-NACC, NACC Defensive Player of the Year, NACC Men's Basketball Student-Athlete of the Week, D3 Men's Basketball HERO of the Week and twice selected to the D3hoops.com Team of the Week. Academically in his seven full semesters at Rockford University, he has been named to Dean's List three times and twice been recognized as a Distinguished Scholar. The Rockford native has been named both a NACC Scholar-Athlete and a member of the RU Athletic Director's Honor Roll in each of his first three years. He was also inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma, the National College Athlete Honor Society, this past academic year.
The Jostens Trophy is a national award created by the Rotary Club of Salem to honor the most outstanding men's and women's NCAA 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 NCAA Division III student-athlete. This year's class marks the 20th year the award has been presented.
The Rotary Club of Salem's Jostens Trophy Committee employs a numerical rating to narrow the list of finalists so that the decision can be made on the most objective basis possible. The 20 finalists continue through the review process, with a national selection committee of 32 individuals charged with determining the two winners of the 2017 Jostens Trophy honors.
Listed below are the finalists for the 2017 Jostens Trophy:
|Men's finalists||Women's finalists|
Harrison Blackledge, Hope College
Cary Beahm, Roanoke College