YORK, PA – York College senior men's basketball forward Dalton Myers has been named as one of ten finalists for the 2018 Jostens Trophy. The award is given annually by the the Rotary Club of Salem, Virginia to honor the outstanding men's and women's NCAA Division III basketball players of the year.
Myers has had a fantastic senior year for the Spartans as York won the 2018 Capital Athletic Conference championship and heads into this weekend's NCAA Tournament with a mark of 23-4. Myers is the third Spartan to advance to the top ten as Brandon Bushey (2005-06) and Keli Ward (2008-09)
Myers leads the Spartans in scoring as he is averaging 17.5 points per game. He is adding 4.6 rebounds per game, 1.6 assists, and 0.3 steals per game. Myers is shooting 55.4% from the floor, 42% from three and 80% from the free throw line.
Myers' name is all over the Spartan record book as he is ninth in school history in scoring with 1,451 points. He is also ranked seventh in career field goals (546), 14th in field goal attempts (1014), 11th in field goal percentage (.538), 10th in made free throws (293), 12th in free throw attempts (392), 15th in total rebounds (506), third in blocked shots (91), fourth in games started (94), and eighth in minutes played (3,019).
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 21st year the awards have been presented.
Spartan head coach Matt Hunter was pleased to see his senior earn the prestigious honor.
"I am excited that Dalton has been named as a finalist for the Jostens Trophy. It is incredible to see him recognized for his efforts on the court and off," said Hunter. "There could not be a better person to represent the Jostens Trophy and the Rotary Club of Salem."
Myers has excelled in this classroom in his time at York. He recently earned CoSIDA All-District IV Academic honors as he carries a graduate GPA of 3.66 after graduating in May with his undergraduate degree in biology. Myers owned a undergrad GPA of 3.73 as he earned Dean's List honors seven times.
Myers is also active in his community service. He has spent many years along with his family, servicing his church and local community in assisting local families enjoy Christmas. Myers was active in helping prepare for the St. John's Church Christmas Bazaar, specifically preparing for "Angels Inc.", a program that helped raise funds for underserved families in his area. He has also served as a Special Olympics coach for the last three years. Myers is the men's basketball representative for the York College Student-Athlete Advisory Council. He is also a staple at York College men's basketball youth camps where he has served as a counselor, but more importantly, a role model for all campers who attend.
The ten men's and ten women's nominees will be voted on by a national committee and the winners will be notified on March 9. The winner will be presented with the award on Thursday, March 15 as part of the Men's Basketball Division III Final Four in Salem, Virginia.
Myers and the Spartans open the 2018 NCAA Division III Tournament on Friday, March 2 when they host Yeshiva in the opening round of the tournament at 1:00 pm.
2018 Jostens Trophy Men's Finalists
Nate Axelrod – Ohio Wesleyan University
Marcos Echevarria – Nichols College
Brandon Federici – Franklin & Marshall College
Aston Francis – Wheaton (Ill.) College
Kevin Grow – Carleton College
Jay Howard – Catholic University
Patrick MacDonald – Maritime (N.Y.) College
Wes McKinney – Hanover College
Dalton Myers – York (Pa.) College
Andy Orr – Lebanon Valley College