LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall senior Brandon Federici was named a finalist for the prestigious Jostens Trophy announced on Tuesday. The honor is the second for Federici in his career and he is the only player in program history to be named a finalist.
Only 10 men's student-athletes from 434 Division III schools around the nation are named as a finalist for the trophy. The Jostens Trophy is awarded to the most outstanding NCAA Division III men's and women's basketball player who excels on the court, in the classroom, and in the community. This season marks the 21st presentation of the awards, with the inaugural trophies bestowed in 1998. The award takes into account three vital parts: basketball ability, academic prowess, and community service.
The award is the highest honor a Division III basketball player can receive.
Federici (Morganville, N.J. / Lawrenceville School) leads the Conference with a 19.7 points per game average and is seventh in steals per game at 1.4. Federici has reached several career milestones this season and is now both F&M and the Centennial's active leader in career points (2,023). He has scored 20 or more points in 14 contests this year, including a season-high 32 against Misericordia on Nov. 15.
He strives to help those in need off the court and is involved in several organizations to help youth throughout his home state of New Jersey. Federici is the vice president and Co-Founder of Urban Pages, he volunteers at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen and as a tutor for writing and SAT preparation in Monmouth, N.J. He is also involved with Souls for Souls annual shoe drive to benefit less fortunate children in New Jersey and also serves as K-12 tutor in math, English, writing and Italian.
The 10 finalist are: Nate Axelrod, Ohio Wesleyan University; Marcos Echevarria, Nichols College; Brandon Federici, Franklin & Marshall College; Aston Francis, Wheaton College (Ill.); Kevin Grow, Carleton College; Jay Howard, Catholic University of America; Patrick MacDonald, Maritime College (N.Y.); Wes McKinney, Hanover College; Dalton Myers, York College (Pa.) and Andy Orr, Lebanon Valley College.
The Salem Rotary Club'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 10 finalists continue through the review process, with a national selection committee of 32 individuals – of coaches, administrations and media members -- charged with determining the two winners, one male, one female, of the 2018 Jostens Trophy honors.
The award presentation is scheduled for Thursday, March 15 at the Salem Civic Center in conjunction with the NCAA Division III men's basketball semifinals and championship in Salem, Va, on March 16-17. Additional information on the award can be found here.