Eastern Florida’s Landus Anderson Named Inaugural ‘Heart of A Titan’ Award
By Mark DeCotis // April 23, 2015
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Eastern Florida men’s basketball player Landus Anderson on Tuesday received the inaugural Eastern Florida Athletics “Heart of a Titan” Award.
The award was presented by Associate Vice President for Athletics Jeff Carr at Tuesday’s home baseball finale on the Melbourne campus.
The award recognizes an EFSC student-athlete who excels in the classroom and in the athletic arena and who has made a difference on and off the court or field of competition.
The recipient is also chosen based on their ability to display resilience and greatness despite adversity.
Anderson, a 6-foot-6-inch sophomore small forward from Tallahassee, Florida and Florida High, was born with Erb’s Palsy, a paralysis caused by injury to the upper group of the arm’s main nerves.
The palsy cost Anderson use of his right arm but could not dampen his enthusiasm for or his skills for basketball.
“I am both humbled and excited to receive this award,” Landus Anderson said.
“It is an honor to be recognized for playing basketball, being good in the classroom and doing the right thing on and off the court.”
“I have always tried to live my life in the manner that my parents raised me. They are the people responsible for instilling the qualities for which I was honored,” Anderson went on to say.
“I also want to extend my heartfelt appreciation to my basketball coaches and teammates and especially Coach Carr for both selecting me for the award and providing the love and guidance he has over the past two years. And I want to thank God.”
Eastern Florida basketball playerAnderson shook off pre-season and in-season injuries to play in 26 of Eastern Florida’s 34 games this past season, starting three.
He shot 43.2 percent from the floor including 39 percent from the three-point line, averaging 5.3 points per game.
He also averaged 3.3 rebounds, .8 steals and .7 blocked shots.
For the 2013-2014 season Anderson played in 28 of 31 games, starting six. He shot 40.3 from the floor and 33.7 percent from the three-point line averaging 5.8 points per game. He averaged three rebounds, .9 steals and .8 blocks.
Anderson was an All-Southern Conference second team selection for 2013-2014 and honorable mention for 2014-2015.
Eastern Florida’s men are three-time defending FCSAA Southern Conference champions, were state runners-up in two of the last three seasons and in March played in the NJCAA Division I national tournament for the first time since 2000.
Anderson also excelled in the classroom maintaining a 3.52 grade point average.
“Landus is an amazing young man who never makes excuses for his handicap,” said Associate Vice President for Athletics Jeff Carr.
“To see him play, and how he plays with one arm is amazing. Landus is an example to our entire athletic staff and teams and fans with his smile, his approach to academics and his approach to the game.”
“Landus has touched us all in so many ways. He represents all that is good about college athletics,” said Carr.