Royston becomes first Lion to win AOW

Providence Hall's JT Royston

They probably won’t build a statue of him just yet, but JT Royston made a little history for Providence Hall’s young athletic program on Monday.

The basketball star became the Lions’ first-ever Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table Athlete of the Week after putting up big numbers in a 3-0 week for Providence Hall. The first was a triple-double in a blowout win, followed by a 26-point performance in a one-point decision and 24 more points in the week’s third showdown.

Providence Hall Athletic Director and basketball coach Keith Luberto got the call from Presidio Sports informing him of the selection on Sunday night.

“It was quite the surprise. I’m trying to tell my wife, I’m tearing up and my voice is cracking,” recalled Luberto at Monday’s SBART luncheon. “I’m happy for JT and our school. It’s just an amazing thing for us.”

Royston’s teammate, Nate Dutcher, was also at the luncheon and has averaged 18 points per game over the last six contests. The Lions are 9-6 and need to finish above .500 to make the playoffs in their very first year of CIF competition.

SBART GETS A GIFT: Bishop Diego alum Peter Georgi, who co-coaches the Cardinals golf team with Marty Herrera, was at Harry’s to present a $2,500 check to the Round Table on behalf of the Lauren Ashley Herrera Memorial Foundation.

“It means so much as an athlete to come as an athlete and be recognized. There’s other communities that emulate and wish they could have the support that the community of Santa Barbara has for these young athletes,” said Georgi.

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