The Tech’s Athlete of the Week: Jimmy Bartolotta ’09

The Tech’s Athlete of the Week: Jimmy Bartolotta ’09

MIT guard James M. “Jimmy” Bartolotta ’09 has been named Academic All-America First Team in men’s basketball in the 2008 ESPN The Magazine, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Bartolotta was the only junior selected to the college division first team. The announcement came after Bartolotta was selected as a finalist for the Jostens Trophy.

Bartolotta averaged an Institute-record 23.9 points per game this season while moving into fourth place on the MIT all-time scoring list with 1,479 points. He finished the year as the New England Men’s and Women’s Athletic Conference scoring champion for the second consecutive season and was ranked among the conference leaders in every category.

Bartolotta’s nod marks MIT’s fifth selection this year. Since the program’s inception in 1952, MIT has totaled the fourth-highest membership across all NCAA divisions and is the all-time Division III leader with 139 Academic All-America honors.

He was also named one of ten finalists for the prestigious Jostens Trophy. A national award created by the Rotary Club of Salem, Va., the Jostens Trophy honors the most outstanding men’s and women’s Division III basketball players of the year, taking into account basketball ability, academic prowess and community service.

Bartolotta’s season ended last Wednesday when the men’s basketball team lost to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in the first round of the NEWMAC tournament.

­—James Kramer, DAPER Staff