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Jostens Trophy

Jostens Trophy

About the Jostens Trophy

The Jostens Trophy is awarded annually in March to honor the NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Basketball Outstanding Athletes of the Year. The trophy is designed and sponsored by Jostens and the Rotary Club of Salem, Va., and was first awarded in 1998. The purpose of the award is to honor the well-rounded Division III student-athlete who excels in the classroom, on the playing court and in the community.

The Jostens Trophy winner is selected via national selection committee that includes college coaches, former athletes, college administrators and selected media members. The members of the national selection committee make their vote based on three criteria: basketball ability, academic ability and community service.

The Rotary Club of Salem, through its Wooldridge Scholarship Fund, also award $1,000 to the scholarship fund of the recipient's institution in his/her name.

The 64-pound trophy is approximately two feet tall and features an eight-inch crystal basketball as the centerpiece.

UChicago Jostens Trophy Winners

Derek Reich (2003)

Reich completed his stellar career by receiving the Jostens Trophy in 2003. As a senior, he scored 25.4 points per game and grabbed 9.2 rebounds per game while shooting 53 percent from the field and 44 percent from three-point range. Those impressive marks also helped Reich earn University Athletic Association (UAA) Player of the Year accolades for an unprecedented fourth-straight year.

A preseason Division III All-American, Reich was named the UAA Player of the Week seven times and was included on the Team of the Week three times over the course of the year.

Reich ranks as the all-time leading scorer (2,254) and rebounder (934) in UChicago men's basketball history.


Taylor Simpson (2012)

Simpson garnered the 2012 Jostens Trophy while leading the Maroons to a 27-1 record and the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament. The senior forward owned team-best averages of 12.7 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.

Simpson wrapped up her career with 955 points, 687 rebounds (ranked No. 3 in school history) and a .546 field-goal percentage (ranked No. 2 in school history).

As a student, Simpson founded the UChicago chapter of Global Brigades, a student-led global health and sustainable development organization. Between her freshman and sophomore year, she helped to procure $200,000 of medicine for medical clinics in Honduras. Simpson spent the summer before her junior year teaching visual arts to children in Varanasi, India, and was accepted into the Teach for America program in her senior year.