Colton Hunt earns award for his efforts on the basketball court, in the classroom, and in the community
3/15/2013 2:15:00 PM
Colton Hunt '13
LYNCHBURG, Va. – Randolph College men's basketball star senior guard and co-captain Colton Hunt (Whittier, N.C./Smoky Mountain) has been named the recipient of the prestigious 2013 Jostens Trophy.
The Jostens Trophy is 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 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 Division III student-athlete. This year's class marks the 16th year the award has been presented.
Hunt was selected from a pool of 10 men's finalists by the award’s national selection committee, which is comprised of athletic and business leaders with direct knowledge of Division III. The award will be presented on Thursday, March 21 in conjunction with the weekly Rotary meeting at the Salem Civic Center.
"The Jostens Trophy recognizes excellence at the highest level, and this award is a reflection of the efforts of Colton and others. Clearly, it speaks to the high standard and hard work that Colton has embraced throughout his entire four years," said Randolph men’s basketball head coach Clay Nunley. "It's a testament to his teammates who worked to put him in position to be successful, and to many faculty who invested in Colton in the classroom. It's a credit to the support Colton received from staff members at the College and from his friends and peers around campus."
Hunt finished the his amazing senior campaign averaging team-highs of 24.2 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game. His scoring output is third in the country as of Monday, March 11, and he also ranks in the top 15 nationally in steals per game after leading the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) in both points and steals this season.
Hunt’s talents on and off the court have not gone unnoticed. He has also been awarded the ODAC Kurt Axe Memorial Player of the Year award and was named the D3hoops.com South Region Player of the Year on Monday afternoon. Hunt was also chosen for the D3hoops.com All-South Region First Team.
Hunt is a three-time All-ODAC First Team honoree on the basketball court and holds the Randolph College record for points in a career with 1,878. He was named an ODAC Player of the Week four times, as well as a D3hoops.com National Team of the Week honoree twice. Hunt became the first-ever player in the storied ODAC to score 1,800 points, grab 600 rebounds, dish out 200 assists, and snatch 200 steals
Hunt becomes the second male from the ODAC to win the Jostens Trophy, joining Emory & Henry College's Justin Call who earned the honor back in 2004. Hunt is the third overall ODAC player to win the Jostens. Randolph-Macon College's Megan Silva earned the honor in 2006.
The guard is not only a standout on the court but in the classroom as well. Earlier this season Hunt was named the 2013 Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year in Division III. Hunt has a 3.94 GPA in economics with minors in physics and finance. He was also named the ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the third consecutive season this year.
Hunt is a member of three Honor Societies at Randolph College, including the Omicron Delta Epsilon Economics Honor Society, Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society, and Chi Alpha Sigma Athletic Honor Society. He has been a Dean's List honoree all seven semesters at Randolph.
Colton also shines in the community, serving as a peer tutor in economics, business, math, calculus, and physics at Randolph. He has volunteered at basketball camps in his hometown of Whittier, N.C., reads to local elementary students, and has contributed to Randolph's Student Athlete Advisory Committee.
"This award is made possible in part from the efforts of those in our athletic department who worked hard to support his candidacy, and is clearly a tribute to Colton's family who raised and influenced him over many years," said Nunley. "This is an exciting time at Randolph, we are grateful to all those who had a hand in helping to make this announcement a reality, and I'm proud of Colton for this deserving recognition."
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