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Bartolotta named to Academic All-America team

First in history of MIT men's basketball team
Jimmy Bartolotta
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Jimmy Bartolotta
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Jimmy Bartolotta on the court.
Caption:
Jimmy Bartolotta on the court.
Credits:
Photo courtesy / MIT Athletics

MIT senior and men's basketball guard Jimmy Bartolotta, who this year became MIT's all-time leading scorer and has led the Engineers to a spot in the semifinals of the NEWMAC Championship Tournament, was honored again this week by being named to this year's ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America men's basketball team.

Bartolotta is MIT's fourth Academic All-American overall, and the first in the history of the men's basketball program.

The 6-foot, 4-inch double major in management science and physics is also a finalist for the coveted Jostens Trophy, which honors the most outstanding men's and women's Division III basketball players of the year. This is the second consecutive year that Bartolotta has been a finalist for the trophy.
 
A native of Littleton, Colo., Bartolotta currently has 2,175 points in his career, is the nation's third-leading scorer with an average of 27.8 points per game, and broke the MIT single game scoring record with 43 points earlier this year. A two-time All-NEWMAC first-team selection, he led the conference in scoring as a junior with a 23.9 scoring average.

While leading MIT to an 18-8 regular season record -- and breaking records along the way -- Bartolotta has also maintained a 4.6 grade-point average and volunteers his time mentoring middle school students at the Cambridge Community Charter School.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on March 4, 2009 (download PDF).

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