Foster making the most of his final shot
ABILENE, Texas —
Sometimes, its life's toughest moments, that lead to great things.
For four-sport athlete Tevin Foster, that moment came during his final season at Lawton High School. An all-out athlete, Foster was amidst his final year of football – eyeing a bright future on the gridiron.
"My senior year at wide receiver, I ended up fracturing a C6 vertebra in my neck and I was getting recruited by other schools for football,” he said. “South Dakota was the place that ended up staying with me."
After his freshman season with the Coyotes at defensive back, Foster's neck injury continued to cause pain, ultimately forcing him out of the game.
So it was back to square one – as Foster picked back up the basketball, and played at the junior college level, before two years in Division II. But the dream of playing Division I athletics still burned deep.
"I had an extra year of eligibility left to play,” Foster said. “I got in touch with my brother who played against coach Golding in the Lone Star Conference. Then I started talking to coach [Brette] Tanner and he kind of got me here and everything worked out.
It's not easy being the new guy on campus, especially when you're a transfer. The team has already played with one another for a couple years, and you just don’t know what your roll will be. But Foster is making the most of his opportunity as a Wildcat, currently second on the team in shooting percentage, and third in scoring.
"I think our locker room embraced Tevin,” said head coach Joe Golding. “And once he knew they embraced him, I think then Tevin has become more comfortable in his role on the floor."
"I just wanted to add something to the team that they've been missing -- some leadership and some toughness."
And in his role as a teammate. Something he took away from his two previous years at Division II Drury University.
"I started learning 'team' instead of playing for 'me' and playing for myself. I learned how to play with a group of guys and learn how to win together."
And as for football -- well, there's always a reminder of how Foster’s journey started. Just turn on the TV during the fall.
“I watch and I'm like dang, what if? But I can't look back on that," he said smiling. "Everything has kind of just worked out."
Because there's a greater purpose now -- taking ACU to its first ever postseason tournament, and beyond.
"The team’s in its first year, and I only got one year and one chance as well to make a run -- to get to Katy and make it to the national tournament."
ACU kicks off the second half of Southland Conference play on Wednesday at home against Lamar. The Wildcats are 5-4 in league play sitting in a tie for 7th in the conference with the top-8 teams advancing to the Southland Conference postseason tournament.