MEDFORD - Senior tri-captain Luke Rogers of the Tufts University men's basketball team has been announced as one of 11 finalists for the 2022 Jostens Trophy. He is the only finalist in the group from New England and the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC).
The Jostens Trophy - one for men's basketball and one for women's basketball - is a national award created by the Rotary Club of Salem (Va.) and sponsored by Jostens, Inc., to recognize the most outstanding men's and women's Division III basketball Players of the Year. The awards focus on three major criteria - basketball ability, academic prowess, and service to one's surrounding communities. The Jostens Trophy models the Rotary International motto of "Service Above Self" by recognizing those who truly fit the ideal of a well-rounded Division III student-athlete.
The 2022 season marks the 24th time the Jostens Trophy honors will be awarded. The 22 finalists will now be reviewed by the Jostens Trophy National Selection Committee. The 27-person committee is composed of men and women from across the country. The committee features current and former athletic administrators and head coaches, past Jostens Trophy recipients, and select members of the Division III media. The committee will spend the next two weeks reviewing the nominees with the aim of announcing the two winners on Thursday, March 24.
From Boxborough, Massachusetts, Rogers missed eight games early in the season due to an injury. His return helped the Jumbos post an 11-2 record to close the regular-season. Tufts earned the second seed in the NESCAC Championship with an 8-2 mark in the conference. Rogers finished the season averaging 15.6 points and 10.9 rebounds in 15 games, while shooting 52.9 percent from the field (90/170). He added 1.6 blocks and 1.5 assists per contest. Named to the D3hoops Preseason All-America 1st Team, Rogers was selected to the NESCAC All-Conference first team.
Rogers scored his 1,000th career point on January 14 and finished his career with 1,187 points and 845 rebounds in 91 games. He's 16th on the team's all-time scoring list and fourth in rebounds. NESCAC's Player of the Year in 2020, Rogers averaged 16.6 points, 11.9 rebounds and 2.4 blocks that season helping Tufts win the conference championship and advance to the NCAA "Sweet 16" before the tournament was canceled. He was selected as a D3hoops and NABC All-American as well that season.
A history major, Rogers has earned NESCAC All-Academic Team honors for carrying a grade point average of 3.50 or higher. He was also voted to the 2021-22 Academic All-District® Men's Basketball Team, announced by the College Sports Information Directors Association. Rogers has been a member of the Tufts Entrepreneurial Society and Tufts Financial Group since coming to the University in 2017. In the community, he was the team's representative for Team IMPACT, a nonprofit organization that works to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses by pairing them with collegiate athletic teams. He has also volunteered at Rosie's Place, a shelter for homeless women and children where he has spent holidays preparing and serving food.
2022 Jostens Trophy Men's Finalists
Nyameye Adom, Wheaton College (Ill.)
Buzz Anthony, Randolph-Macon College
Nick Bowman, Trine University
Jack Davidson, Wabash College
Conner Delaney, Johnson Hopkins University
Robert Hawkinson, New York University
Jordan Johnson, Concordia University-Wisconsin
Matthew Leritz, Illinois Wesleyan University
Luke Rogers, Tufts University
Dempsey Roggenbuck, Linfield University
Matthew Schner, Emory University