UWS' Smith WIAC co-player of year; D-3 finalist

By KBJR News 1

March 1, 2011 Updated Mar 5, 2011 at 10:38 PM CDT

In college basketball news on Monday, UWS senior Jake Smith was named the WIAC's co-player of the year. Smith broke the all-time career scoring record at UWS this season.

On Tuesday, Smith was among the 10 finalists for the prestigious Jostens Trophy for the Division III Player of the Year, announced by members of the Rotary Club of Salem, Va. Award winners will be named on March 9, and the award will be presented on March 17 at the Salem Civic Center in conjunction with the Men’s Division III Championship, being hosted in Salem, Va. on March 18-19.

“Jake epitomizes everything that is good about Division III sports. He’s a hard-working young man who came in and worked extremely hard on the court, in the classroom and in the community and has made an impact in many people’s lives,” head coach Matt Siverling said. “It’s a testament to everything he has done in his four years here to be a finalist for a very prestigious award.”

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 14th year the award has been presented.

Posted by Joe Dufek
Courtesy: UWS Athletics