Sharry Finalist For National Player Of The Year

February 28, 2012

Middlebury College men's basketball player Ryan Sharry (Braintree, Mass.) has been named a finalist for the prestigious Jostens Trophy. The announcement came from the members of the Rotary Club of Salem, Va. The club is responsible for the initial review of annual nominations and narrows the pool to 10 men and 10 women finalists.


After missing the first five games of the season with an injury, Sharry jumped right back into the mix. He currently leads the NESCAC in scoring (19.4) and blocked shots (2.0), while ranking second in rebounding (10.3) and field goal percentage (.627). His field goal percentage places him eighth nationally. Sharry has 15 double-doubles this season, giving him 38 in his four years as a Panther. He scored a career-high 41 points at Rensselaer on January 3rd, with a career-best 16 boards on February 4th vs. Colby.

Sharry is currently ranked fifth on Middlebury’s all-time scoring list with 1,368 points, second with 871 rebounds and second with 183 blocked shots. A year ago, Sharry earned first-team All-NESCAC, All-District and All-ECAC honors, while being named a second-team All-American.



Seth Anderson, Gustavus Adolphus           
Matt Carr, WPI                                             
Felix Friedt, Whitworth
Matt Johnson, Univ. of Chicago                 
Spencer Liddic, Muhlenberg                        
Tim McCrary, Wheaton                                
Ryan Sharry, Middlebury                              
Aaron Van Klaveren, Cal Lutheran            
Aris Wurtz, Ripon                                        
Jordan Zimmer, Illinois Wesleyan

Final ballots are due no later than March 6 with the winning schools notified by March 8. The awards presentation is scheduled for Thursday, March 15 at the Salem Civic Center in conjunction with the Men's Division III Championship being hosted in Salem, Va., on March 16-17.

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 15th year the award has been presented.

Additional information on the award can be found at http://www.odaconline.com/jostens/index.