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Utah women’s basketball: Tanaeya Boclair embraces many on- and off-court roles

First Published      Last Updated Feb 15 2017 11:13 pm


Utah basketball » Junior a member of Pac-12 student-athlete group.

It took a year and a half, but Tanaeya Boclair saw her words pass into changes that will affect athletes across the country.

In January, the NCAA autonomy group passed legislation that enacts new time protocols for student-athletes: The package includes mandatory breaks after sports, limitations on how early practices can run, and limitations on the number of days athletes participate in their sport.

The legislation was introduced by the Pac-12, which had drafted suggestions in 2015, after meeting with student-athletes in San Francisco — one of whom was Boclair.

"It's just cool to to see what you do has an impact," she said. "They're actually listening to what we want."



A junior wing for Utah women's basketball, Boclair is the third-leading scorer (9.9 ppg) and a third-year starter. The native Texan is one of three team captains this season along with Emily Potter and Paige Crozon.

That's where Boclair's concept of "leadership" begins. She's also on Student Athlete Advisory Committee at Utah, as well as the leadership council for Utah's huddle of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She and swimmer Luis Macias represented Utah as student ambassadors to the Pac-12.

Any student-athlete's schedule is stacked between homework, practice, class, games and recovery. But Boclair, an exercise and sports science major, claims she wouldn't know what to do with more free time.

"I feel like the added value is in extra-curricular activities," she said. "It's definitely a busy lifestyle, but it's become a big part of my life."

Boclair said she wasn't much involved in student government at Brennan High. She was a four-time honor roll student and all-academic team pick, and helped with her high school prom committee.

At Utah, she quickly became a part of SAAC, where she had a chance to go to Pac-12 headquarters as the conference was beginning its model of student governance, bringing athletes in to talk with conference officials about policies and guidelines.

Coach Lynne Roberts said Boclair "has missed a few practices" due to her commitments, but her leadership qualities shine.

"She's just a quality person, and she's got a maturity to her that we kind of lean on as coaches with her on the floor," she said. "Some of the stuff she's doing doesn't get recognized, some of the things she's doing are really valuable. Her leadership right now is key."

The Utes (15-10, 4-10) have been slumping in Pac-12 play. Against Cal this past weekend, Boclair helped power the Utes to a win with 14 points. Earlier in the season, she helped secure a win over the then-ranked Golden Bears even when her shooting touch was off, securing nine rebounds against one of the toughest frontcourts in the conference.

Steady on the floor, steady off it. Boclair sees no reason to change things now.

"I just enjoy that experience that I've been a part of something bigger than myself," she said. "You can grow every time you try to be a part of these things. You can have a voice and speak up for things you want to change."

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AT A GLANCE

About Tanaeya Boclair

Height » 6 feet

Year » Junior

Hometown » San Antonio, Texas

High School » Brennan HS

While at Utah » Pac-12 all-freshman honorable mention after 2014-15 season. Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention after 2015-16 season. Averaging 9.9 points and 4 rebounds per game this season.


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