WASHINGTON - The Catholic University of America men's basketball standout Jay Howard was recognized as one of just 10 national finalists for the 2018 Jostens Trophy, which is presented to the best men's and women's basketball student-athletes in NCAA Division III by the Salem Rotary Club in conjunction with the D3 men's basketball championship.
The award takes into account three vital parts: basketball ability, academic prowess and community service.
Howard has indeed embodied all three areas in his four seasons on campus.
"I am proud that Jay is getting the national recognition that he deserves. He is simply one the five best players in the country," said head coach Steve Howes. "He is a humble teammate, leader by example and his production at Catholic is record-shattering."
Currently, the Pennsauken, N.J., senior ranks in the top-20 of seven national statistical categories including 15th in scoring at 23.6 points per game.
Howard led the Cardinals to four trips to the Landmark Conference Tournament, two league title games, a Landmark Championship and two trips to the NCAA Tournament, including a first-round victory, in his four seasons in the red and black.
He finished his collegiate career with 2,122 points and 727 rebounds. He ranks as the all-time leading scorer in the Landmark, third all-time at Catholic and 14th all-time in the history of all D.C.-Maryland-Virginia (DMV) collegiate basketball, 25 behind Maryland's Len Bias.
Off the court, Howard has steadily improved his GPA in the classroom each semester on campus in Catholic University's challenging business and economics school. He is also extremely active in the community as he participated in events such as the Mother Teresa Day of Service and Martin Luther King Day of Service, as well as the laying of the wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery, in addition to volunteer time at the Washington Yu Ying Charter School, local homeless shelters, the Children's National Medical Center and Special Olympics D.C.
The Jostens 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.
There are 10 men's and 10 women's finalists. These student-athletes now move on to the national ballot. A pool of 30-plus individuals from various associations with Division III men's and women's basketball will decide the 2018 award winners. The awards 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.
Howard is Catholic's second Jostens Trophy finalist in the past five years as he is joined by Chris Kearney '13.
Additional information on the award can be found at www.odaconline.com/jostens
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