Hard work, dedication, commitment and passion all are attributes that an athlete must have to play sports at the college level and Winters High School Alum Tyler “TJ” Andersen has proven he possesses all of them.
After redshirting his freshman season at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania, due to an injury, Andersen rehabilitated himself back into shape and into the starting lineup the following season.
By the time the 2016-17 season was done Andersen had played in 21 games, had nine starts, made 21 of 23 free throws for a team leading 91.3 percent, made the CSAC Honor Roll and was chosen to be the Team Representative for the Student Athlete Advisory Committee because of his leadership and energy on and off the court.
After his successful season, the 2015 Winters grad was offered a scholarship to come back to Northern California and play basketball for Notre Dame De Namur in Belmont, California. NDNU is a Division 2 program that competes in the PAC West Conference.
“I committed and signed my national letter of intent earlier this summer,” said TJ Andersen. “I will be finishing my athletic career back in the sunshine state and will be playing in the PAC West close to my family.”
The last time Andersen played in California was his high school senior season where he averaged 21.4 points per game before his season ending injury. When asked about his son’s opportunity, Dr. Ed Andersen was not only proud but looking forward to being able to watching Tyler play.
“Janet and I are very excited,” Dr. Andersen said. “We are very much looking forward to being able to watch him play again without having to travel so far.”
COURTESY PHOTO: Tyler “TJ” Andersen signs a letter of intent to play college basketball at Notre Dame De Namur University in Belmont, with his parents Dr. Ed and Janet Anderson at his side.