COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College men's basketball senior Winston Jones II (Valley Stream, N.Y./Valley Stream Central) was chosen as the recipient of this year's Jerry Lanteri '76 Award, head coach Josh Meyer announced recently. The accolade is given annually to an exemplary member or members of the men's basketball team. Jones claimed the 42nd annual Lanteri honor, as the award was first presented in 1978.
To receive the award, chosen by a committee of former players and the men's basketball coaching staff, candidates must attain an esteemed academic stature, closely resemble the ideals of the true student-athlete, and be highly regarded by fellow students for his leadership qualities, both on and off the court.
"We are very proud to present Winston Jones with the Jerry Lanteri Award," said Meyer. "Winston is a special person who has contributed a great deal to our basketball program, as well as to the College and local communities. He is a compassionate and thoughtful leader whose presence will have a lasting impact on many people who he has crossed paths with during his time at Saint Michael's. He has made the most out of his college experience and epitomizes what it means to be a student-athlete. Winston will continue to help people and have an extremely positive impact on the world and in doing so, he exemplifies the wonderful personal qualities that Jerry Lanteri and this award stand for."
A starting forward for the first time as a senior, Jones averaged career highs of 7.2 points and 5.0 rebounds this winter while adding a personal-best 13 blocks just one year after missing half of his junior season due to injury. He scored in double figures seven times, including registering a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds - including seven offensive - at Franklin Pierce University on Feb. 9. Jones reached a season high in points with 17 versus Dominican (N.Y.) College on Dec. 15. Jones, a Dean's List student majoring in education studies and psychology, has qualified for the Northeast-10 Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll six times.
The award is named after Jerry Lanteri, a 1976 honors graduate of Saint Michael's, and a member of the men's basketball team. Lanteri, a native of Southington, Conn., and standout student-athlete at Saint Paul's High School in Bristol, Conn., died on July 23, 1977, due to injuries resulting from a car accident.