Jordan Cyphers transferred from Utah to TSU in 2010. During his two-year career as a Tiger, he amassed 635 points and 105 made three-pointers. He graduated with a degree in psychology and a minor in sociology. He also completed one and a half years of graduate study in the field of sports administration. He is currently seeking a contract to play professional basketball and recently talked to TSUTigers.com about his TSU playing days.
TSUTigers: Talk about your overall TSU experience.
A: “I enjoyed myself at Tennessee State. I learned a lot about myself and other people and how to be more responsible. When I came to TSU, I had to do a lot of stuff on my own and grow up.”
TSUTigers: What do you love most about TSU?
A: “I loved the culture and the history of TSU. When I went to class, I would always see people that I have never seen before and that was exciting. It always kept me on my heels.”
TSUTigers: What will you miss most about TSU?
A: “The thing that I miss most is the relationships I had with friends and teammates. When I first got to TSU, I didn’t know anyone. My teammates really made me feel welcomed and accepted me.”
TSUTigers: What is your most memorable basketball moment at TSU?
A: “When we beat Murray State on their home court when they were undefeated. It was a great moment for the program and for us as individuals.”
TSUTigers: What is your most memorable non-basketball moment at TSU?
A: “My first day was pretty memorable. I stepped foot onto campus, looked around and saw everyone was dressed up. All I had on was a t-shirt, basketball shorts and flip-flops. It was like a fashion show, but I made sure I dressed up the next day.”
TSUTigers: How do you feel social networking played a role in this season?
A: “I think that playing under a microscope was good. I made it a point to play my best during the nationally televised games and when scouts were watching. I just fed off the exposure that Rob Covington and Kellen Thornton were getting.
TSUTigers: Do you have a favorite TSU fan/supporter? If so, who?
A: “My parents supported me all the way and still do today.”
TSUTigers: What advice would you give to incoming freshman?
A: “Stay humble, work hard and be a sponge. College is a different ball game than what they are used to, so don’t take anything for granted.”
TSUTigers: What was your most challenging class at TSU?
A: “Biology. I just wasn’t interested in it and was completely different than my psychology or sports administration classes.”
TSUTigers: Who was your favorite professor?
A: “She wasn’t my professor, but I developed a great relationship with Dr. Utley. She was down to earth and we had great conversations in her office.”
TSUTigers: Who have been the most influential people to you at TSU?
A: “Coach Travis Williams is a great guy and he always had my back. I will always have respect for him. There were a lot of people along the way, but he helped me the most.”
TSUTigers: What’s next for you?
A: “I have been in Dallas working out with [NBA player] Mo Williams’s trainer. I have received a couple of deals to play overseas in Morocco and in Spain, and I have been playing with the [D-League’s] Texas Legends. I want to play in Spain if everything works out.”
TSUTigers: Once you are an alumnus, how will you stay connected with TSU?
A: “I will stay connected with people through social networks and come see a game whenever I can.”
TSUTigers: What do you know now that you didn’t know coming in as a freshman?
A: “I learned that the game is more than just your physical ability. Everyone is athletic, but your mindset and attitude are what can take you to the next level.”
TSUTigers: What have you learned at TSU that you will keep with you for the rest of your life?
A: “I learned how to be responsible. I saw how important it was to do things on time and not procrastinate.”
TSUTigers: Is there anything else that you would like to say to the TSU family?