Thursday, March 21, 2013

Colton Hunt ’13 Receives Josten’s Trophy, highest honor in NCAA Division III men's basketball

This afternoon, a Randolph College senior received the top national honor in NCAA Division III men’s basketball recognizing outstanding athletic talent, academic accomplishment, and community service.

Colton Hunt ’13, left, and Clay Nunley, Randolph's head men's
basketball coach, hold the 64-pound Josten's Trophy together.
Colton Hunt ’13 received the Josten’s Trophy during a ceremony in Salem, Virginia, where he was joined by his family, men’s basketball coach Clay Nunley, Randolph President John E. Klein, and Randolph faculty and staff. He was selected for this honor from among more than 7,000 other student athletes around the country. He is the first Randolph College student—and only the third in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference—ever to receive this honor.

Many people in the Randolph community know Colton as a star athlete on the men’s basketball team who scored more than 1,800 points in his career here. But many of his peers also know him as the friend they can approach for help solving a challenging physics problem or understanding complex ideas in economics. His professors know him as a strong writer who works hard and maintains a nearly perfect GPA. Young people in North Carolina and Virginia Beach know him as a fun-loving and caring volunteer at Vacation Bible School and basketball summer camps.

“Colton is a great example of what we work for day in and day out in Division III athletics,” said Tina Hill, Randolph’s director of athletics.

Learn more about Colton Hunt ’13 and his accomplishments in this video, which was presented at the Josten’s Trophy award ceremony.
“We want to make sure we put our students in a position where they can excel and they can really develop to their potential. Colton certainly has done that.”

“We’re just thrilled that Colton has been recognized in this way,” Hill said.

“Colton Hunt is the kind of student that I’ve really enjoyed having in my classroom,” said economics professor John Abell, Hunt’s academic advisor. “He’s someone who is going to take the subject matter seriously, apply himself, and make connections across the curriculum.” Abell said Hunt is a sought-after tutor in several subjects.

Colton’s mother, right, and grandmother traveled to attend the award ceremony.
In addition to  Hunt’s accomplishments, his humility stands out to those who know him. “He’s balanced and he’s modest about his accomplishments,” said Klein. “He credits his teammates and his coach with his success, as well as his family.”

Hunt said he was proud, but also very thankful, when he learned that he had won the Josten’s Trophy. “It’s required some hard work and some effort on my own, but I would say I’m more fortunate to be here than I deserve to be here,” he said. “Ultimately, I’m somebody who is very fortunate.”

The Josten’s Trophy was created by the Rotary Club of Salem, Virginia, and Jostens. In addition to the trophy awarded to Hunt, the prize includes a $1,000 donation to the Randolph College scholarship fund.
Randolph College President John E. Klein and his wife, Susan Klein, attended the award ceremony.