Stevenett and Anderson Honored by Southern Utah University
By SUU Strategic Communication
CEDAR CITY, Utah, April 22 – Jackson Stevenett and Tayler Anderson were each honored as the Athlete of the Year at Southern Utah University’s annual Thunderbird Awards ceremony this past weekend. The two SUU basketball stars were selected by a panel of university representatives from a group of student-athletes noted for their contributions both on and off the court. The awards are given each year to notable students, faculty and staff from the university.
“I was so surprised to receive this award,” said Anderson. “All of the other girls deserved it just as much as I did.”
Anderson finished her basketball career at Southern Utah as the program’s all-time leader in games played after appearing in 120 contests for the T-Birds. During that time she was also able to cement herself into the SUU record books by compiling top-10 career totals in rebounds (627), assists (246) and steals (131). Anderson also earned Academic All-Conference honors following each of her first three seasons at Southern Utah. The native of Lyman, Wyoming will graduate with a degree in psychology and is considering continuing her education to earn an advanced degree in the subject.
“When I first came to SUU, I was from a small town and was very nervous,” explained Anderson. “But the coaches and professors were great and I had a great time here and looking back on it I wouldn’t have chosen any other school. I am sad to see my time here go, but I’m also excited to start the next chapter of my life.”
Stevenett led the Thunderbirds in scoring and rebounding for the second consecutive season in 2012-13 and was named second-team all-Big Sky for his efforts. He averaged 17.6 points and 6.1 rebounds per game while hitting 44.9 percent of his field goal attempts and 86.7 percent of his free throws. He led the conference in free throw percentage and was third in scoring, while nationally he ranked 27th in free throw percentage and 67th in scoring and he also ranked among the nation’s top-200 in field goal percentage.
“It was pretty humbling and a great honor to receive the award,” Stevenett said. “Considering the other athletes who were nominated, it was pretty cool to be considered in the same boat with them.”
He ended his SUU career as one of just three Thunderbirds who currently rank among program’s top-10 in both scoring and rebounding. Stevenett goes into the Southern Utah record book with 1,573 points, the fifth-most in school history, and 502 rebounds, the eighth-highest total. He wrapped up his senior year by scoring 528 points, the 13th-highest single-season total recorded by a Thunderbird. Off the court, Stevenett earned Academic All-Conference honors following each of his first three seasons at Southern Utah. The native of Kaysville, Utah has completed his bachelor’s degree in accounting and is now pursuing his masters at SUU.
“It was my education that brought me here to SUU, and I have loved it,” commented Stevenett. “The professors have been great and I met my wife here so I am grateful for that.”