COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College men's basketball recent graduate Colin Richey (Upton, Mass./Choate Rosemary Hall) 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. Richey claimed the 41st 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 excited to present Colin with the Jerry Lanteri Award," said Meyer. "Colin has made significant contributions to the Saint Michael's College men's basketball program, as well as to our college community. Colin worked extremely hard and grew so much as a student-athlete during his four years at Saint Michael's. Colin earned a great deal of respect from his teammates for his dedication, perseverance and selflessness, which will have a very positive and lasting impact on the culture of our basketball program. He has become an outstanding leader on and off the court, and we are proud of him. Colin exemplifies the special personal qualities that Jerry Lanteri and this award stand for."
As a reserve point guard during his first three seasons in Purple and Gold, Richey averaged 4.2 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists before moving to off guard as a senior. He thrived this past winter, turning in 9.1 points per contest as one of the top marksmen in the Northeast-10 Conference, finishing 15th in three-point shooting (42.0%) with 29 treys. Richey shot 45.7 percent from the floor with career highs of 3.0 rebounds, 16 steals and seven blocks. His 2.8 assists were just shy of a personal best, as he finished his career with 171 helpers to only 123 turnovers.
The 6-foot-2 Richey's best stretch this season came amid a five-game run between Dec. 9 and Jan. 3, as he averaged 14.8 points on 60.9 percent three-point shooting with 3.0 assists. He netted 17 points on 4-of-5 three-point shooting with three assists and no turnovers at Post University on Dec. 17 before totaling 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting at regionally-ranked The College of Saint Rose on Jan. 3. Richey turned in a well-rounded eight points, eight rebounds, four offensive boards, five assists, three steals and two blocks during a 76-74 overtime upset of regionally-ranked Saint Anselm College on Feb. 17 during his final career contest in Ross Sports Center.
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.