Men's Basketball senior Tevin Andrews was named on Friday as the 2013 Apprentice School Athlete of the Year. He will receive this recognition on June 24 at the Peninsula Sports Club Headliners Night program. This story will appear in the program for the event.
Coming to Newport News, Virginia from Brundidge, Alabama may have started out as a serious adjustment, but in the end Tevin Andrews saw the value of an Apprentice School education and took that approach on and off the court.
Andrews, a highly decorated senior guard/forward on the men's basketball team was named the 2013 Apprentice School Athlete of the Year. He will receive this recognition on June 24 at the Peninsula Sports Club Headliners Night program.
When the 6-foot-6 Andrews started at The Apprentice School 2009, the 770+ miles of distance between Brundidge, AL. and the shipyard played havoc with Andrews, but in the end he saw what a unique opportunity was provided to him. "I was definitely homesick up here my freshman year," said Andrews. "I didn't know anyone, and had only met a few of my teammates. But now I love it here, and know that this is the best place for me."
Corey Berger, his supervisor in the Rigger Department of the shipyard, had loads of praise for Tevin on winning this award. "He is a well rounded and dedicated apprentice whom I call on to help train and lead the new generation of apprentices. His professionalism and expertise in the craft has been extremely helpful and prevalent. Tevin will definitely be one of our future leaders someday soon," said Berger, a 1999 Apprentice School graduate himself.
His coach, Franklin Chatman, was very proud of Andrews and what he accomplished with the men's basketball team over his four years. "Tevin is well deserving of the Athlete of the Year Award for the Apprentice School Program," said Chatman. "He is a 3-time U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association All-American that improved each and every year. Tevin has the ability to score at will along with guarding the opposing team best player; he will be missed next year!"
On the court, his leaping ability made him an instant crowd favorite. He averaged double figures scoring every year and capped his career by becoming the third three-time USCAA in school history. As a senior, he topped the team in scoring (18.5 ppg), rebounding (10.2 rpg), field goal percentage (.484) and three-pointers made (51). He ended his career with a pair of double-doubles in the USCAA National Championships against Daemen College (20 pts-14reb) and Victory University (27 pts-16 reb). Andrews was also a two-time Virginia Sports Information Directors College Division All-State selection who scored a career-high 37 points against Valor Christian as a junior and hauled in a career-best 19 rebounds against Barber-Scotia as a senior.