Triton’s Jordan Everett follows in brother’s footsteps with Trester Award

INDIANAPOLIS — While the Triton Trojans came up short in their goal of a second state title and Marshall County teams went 0 for 2 at the IHSAA State Basketball Championships, senior guard Jordan Everett earned himself a nice consolation prize with the 2011 Class A Arthur L. Trester Mental Attitude Award Saturday at Conseco Fieldhouse.
“It’s a very prestigious award, and it’s an honor,” said Everett, who is ranked third in his class and plans to study engineering at the University of Louisville next fall.
Saturday’s Trester Awards presentations were a brother act as Washington’s Cody Zeller won the Class 3A award after the Hatchets’ victory over CMA, following in his brother and 2005 award-winner Luke’s footsteps, while Everett was the second member of his family to win the award as brother Jake also took home the 1A Trester Award in 2008.
Jordan said the experience of having his father Bryan attend the awards presentation was especially meaningful, as a battle with cancer rendered him unable to attend the 2008 ceremony for Jake.
“It’s a God-given moment for me,” said Bryan. “All of our days are numbered, and it’s just a privilege to see both my children recognized.”
Jake was also present for Saturday’s game to see his brother follow in his footsteps.
“I’m really proud of not only the way he played but his academics,” said the elder Everett. “What he’s done in the classroom is really outstanding. He actually has a better GPA than what I did in high school; he kind of beat me on that one. Words couldn’t express how proud I am of him.”
The Trester Award award is named after the IHSAA’s first commissioner and is annually presented to a senior state finals participant who best demonstrates mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability and comes with a $1,000 scholarship which IHSAA corporate partner Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance presented to Triton High School in the name of Everett following Saturday’s Class A state final.
Bryan viewed the award not only as a nice consolation prize for Jordan but for Triton as well, pointing out that the precondition for winning it is to be a member of a state finals team.
“It’s also a reflection on the team that got them here,” he said. “The first qualification for this award is you’ve got to play in this game, and my wife Jill and I are very happy. Now we know how Tom and Dick Van Arsdale’s parents felt. They were the first brothers to win that award and now we follow in their footsteps. We’re just very grateful.”