Columbia College men’s basketball player Tanner Sutton has been awarded the Champions of Character Award and also received one of five Pattison Family Foundation Scholarships handed out during the 2013 NAIA Men’s Basketball National Championships.
Sutton is a Harrisonville High School graduate.
Each year, the Pattison family recognizes select student-athletes at the tournament who excel both on and off the court.
The recipients, who receive a $2,000 scholarship, are chosen from a field of 32 Champions of Character award nominees from each tournament team.
The presentation took place during the Tip-Off Banquet March 12. All 32 Champions of Character nominees were recognized and the five scholarship winners were announced.
Sutton, a sophomore from Harrisonville, is currently pursuing a degree in both Finance and Accounting with a minor in Spanish. He recently completed the fall semester with a 4.0 GPA and was named to the AMC Academic All-Conference team for the second straight season in addition to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll at Columbia.
On the court, Sutton has started every game for the Cougars this season and has helped lead the club to a 33-0 record, including the AMC Championship and the first ever No. 1 ranking in program history.
For the year, he is averaging 7.7 points per game and is second on the team in three-point field goals with 55 (40.7 percent).