COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College men's basketball senior David Sullivan (Egg Harbor Township, N.J./Saint Augustine Prep) 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. Sullivan claimed the 40th 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 happy to present David with the Jerry Lanteri Award," said Meyer. "David has made significant contributions to the Saint Michael's College men's basketball program, as well as to our college community. An outstanding teammate and leader within our program, David has earned a great deal of respect as a result of his hard work, loyalty, genuine personality, and thoughtfulness. David is an extremely dedicated student-athlete who always strives to do his best in all areas of life. He has excelled on the court and in the classroom, and has made the most out of his time at Saint Michael's College. David exemplifies the special personal qualities that Jerry Lanteri and this award stand for."
A captain his senior year and a qualifier for the Northeast-10 Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll each of his seven completed semesters thus far, Sullivan saw a steady increase in playing time and production during his career. As a senior, the 6-foot-4 guard started every game and reached career highs in scoring (9.8), shooting (53.6), free throw percentage (80.0), rebounding (3.6), assists (32), steals (14) and blocks (3). He was 12th in the NE10 in field goal success and 17th in free throw shooting.
After totaling three points in five games as a rookie and 11 points in 17 contests his sophomore year, Sullivan averaged 2.5 points and 1.3 rebounds as a junior, when he started four of his 25 games. Seven games into the 2016-17 season, he was averaging 5.7 points and 2.3 rebounds with zero career double-digit-point games before emerging with double figures in 10 of the last 19 contests, averaging 11.3 points and 4.1 boards in that time.
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.