DUDLEY, Mass. – Nichols College junior guard Marcos Echevarria (Lynn, Mass.) has been named a finalist for the 2018 Jostens Trophy Award, it was announced on Tuesday afternoon. Echevarria becomes the second Bison ever to be named a finalist, joining Ryan Sheehan '14 as the other Nichols student-athlete to earn the honor.
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 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.
Twenty student-athletes -- 10 men and 10 women -- remain in the running for this season's honors from a stellar pool of nominees representing all eight regions of Division III men's and women's basketball.
Echevarria has had a stellar year for the No. 21 Bison (23-5), having already been named the Commonwealth Coast Conference Player of the Year for the second-straight season, while also garnering All-CCC First Team recognition. Earlier this season, Echevarria was named to the Bevo Francis Award Top 100 Watch List, which recognizes 100 of the finest men's basketball players in the country who compete in the affiliations of NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA Division I, NAIA Division II, USCAA and NCCAA. He was also named to the D3Hoops.com Preseason All-American Team back in November.
Last week, Echevarria – an accounting major with a 3.57 grade point average – was named to the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) Division III Academic All-District 1 First Team for the second time in his career. He has also done work in his hometown community of Lynn, Mass. as a mentor and tutor, while also working with the men's basketball team in the Dudley community.
On the court, Echevarria is currently averaging 22.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.0 steals in 36.1 minutes per game while shooting 43% from the field, 41.4% from beyond the arc, and 82.9% at the free throw line. This past weekend, Echevarria scored 25 of his 33 points in the second half to lead the Bison to a 98-89 win over Endicott and their second-straight CCC Championship and trip to the NCAA Tournament.
The Rotary Club of Salem is responsible for the initial review of nominations and narrowed the collection of candidates over the past two weeks. The Club's Jostens Trophy Committee employs a numerical rating system in determining the lists of finalists. The system ensures an objective process thru the first round of vetting. The 20 finalists continue thru the review process, with a national selection committee of 30 or more individuals charged with determining the two winners of the 2018 Jostens Trophy honors.
Echevarria and the No. 21-ranked Nichols basketball team travel to No. 16-ranked Plattsburgh State for an NCAA Tournament First Round game on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
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
Release courtesy of the Nichols Sports Information Department.
ABOUT THE COMMONWEALTH COAST CONFERENCE
The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of ten full member and four associate member institutions throughout the New England region. Its membership aims to provide student-athletes with a positive experience in their pursuit of excellence through high academic standards, quality competition, and a meaningful student life. The conference administers championships in 18 intercollegiate sports.