Sam Gabbard named finalist for Jostens Award

Sam Gabbard named finalist for Jostens Award

SALEM, VA - Forward Sam Gabbard was named as a Finalist for the Jostens Trophy, as announced by the Rotary Club of Salem on Friday.

The Jostens Trophy is awarded to the outstanding NCAA Division III men's and women's basketball players who excel on the court, in the classroom, and in the community.  This season marks the 22nd presentation of the awards, with the inaugural trophies bestowed in 1998. Gabbard is the first UCSC athlete to be named a finalist. 

"Sam is an incredibly deserving recipient to be named a finalist for the Jostens Award," said head coach Ron Dubois. "Sam has been an amazing ambassador for UCSC, he has made an enormous impact and will leave a long lasting legacy. His willingness to put in the extra effort to get the desired results have been unmatched in my 20 plus years of coaching.  

"Sam epitomizes the values of the scholar-athlete at the Division III level, he has achieved remarkable accomplishments as an athlete, as a student, and as a leader on campus."

The 6-foot-4 Gabbard started every game this season. He led UCSC in points, rebounds assists and minutes. He was one of the national leader in double-doubles, points and rebounds as UCSC wrapped up their second straight winning season.

He played this year as a graduate student in computer science with his last year of eligibility.

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FULL LIST OF FINALISTS

Ben Boots | University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Austin Coene | Roger Williams University
Cooper Cook | Nebraska Wesleyan University
Robert Duax | University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Nolan Ebel | Augustana College  (Ill.)
Marcos Echevarria | Nichols College (Mass.)
Cam Fails | Hanover College (Ind.)
Aston Francis | Wheaton College (Ill.)
Sam Gabbard | UC-Santa Cruz
Jordan Jenkins | Willamette University