Shelton Receives 2010 Hutchison Endowed Scholarship
Kenyatta Shelton
Kenyatta Shelton

June 21, 2010

NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State redshirt senior forward Kenyatta Shelton has been named the recipient of the 2010 Jill Hutchison Endowed Scholarship. Shelton is the 10th recipient of the scholarship named in honor of the former Redbird head coach.

"Kenyatta is a wonderful person to receive the Jill Hutchison Endowed Scholarship," said head coach Stephanie Glance. "Yatti represents the true spirit of coach Hutchison in her passion, drive, and commitment to excellence in all that she does."

Entering her fifth year at Illinois State, Shelton has impacted the program as a player and a student. She has great admiration and respect for Hutchison's legacy.

"When I think of Jill Hutchison, I think of all the individuals who have paved the way for women's basketball," Shelton said. "She is definitely an amazing person, coach and pioneer of women's basketball. It is a great honor to receive this scholarship".

Shelton redshirted last season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her right knee. In her first three seasons at ISU, she played in 89 games, averaging 5.4 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. A Valley All-Freshman Team selection in 2007, Shelton averaged 9.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game in her first season. She tore the ACL in her left knee that summer, causing her to miss the first four games of her sophomore season. She returned to action to average 5.0 rebounds over 28 games.

In her junior season, Shelton ranked second on the team with 27 blocks. She started all four WNIT games, grabbing a career-high 12 rebounds against both Marquette and Indiana.

Hutchison spent 28 years as the head coach at Illinois State and earned 428 wins in her career, the most in Redbird basketball history. She guided ISU to three NCAA Tournaments, six WNIT appearances and was a three-time conference coach of the year. She was inducted into the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame and a banner was hung from Redbird Arena in her honor in 2007. This past June, she was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn.

 

 

Hutchison stays involved with Redbird basketball as a color analyst for WJBC and Missouri Valley Conference television and has watched Shelton play throughout her entire career.

The Hutchison Endowed Scholarship is one of 23 endowed scholarships available to Illinois State student-athletes that are funded by private donors.

For more information about supporting this, or any other Illinois State University endowment scholarships, call The Redbird Club office at (309) 438-3803.

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