April 23, 2008
Anderson getting close
One of the top basketball prospects in the 2010 class could be nearing his college decision.
With eight teams still in contention-Wisconsin, Boston College, Iowa State, Kansas, Kentucky, Marquette, North Carolina and UCLA-five-star center Evan Anderson told BadgerBlitz.com Monday night he expects to make his decision some time this summer.
"I think I'd like to decide and make it official in about two months," said the 6-foot-11, 250-pounder from Eau Claire (WI) North.
Anderson and his Wisconsin Playground Warrior teammates traveled to Louisville two weekends ago and won a combined 11 of 12, including a 72-66 win in the title contest against the Kentucky Hoopstars.
During the trip, Anderson took an unofficial visit to the University of Kentucky where he AAU teammate, Dakotah Euton, has already given his verbal commitment.
"It was a nice trip," said Anderson, who was offered by the coaching staff during his visit. "It was right after a game so it was kind of late, but it was still a good time."
This past weekend, Anderson was in Fayetteville, Ark., taking part in the Real Deal on the Hill tournament in front of a number of Division I coaches.
"Evan Anderson had a crowd of Bo Ryan, Buzz Williams, Greg McDermott and others watching along with assistants from others," said Ryan James of GopherIllustrated.com. "Anderson was dominating in the post as he is very skilled at this age with the size and strength to finish just about everything. The only knock on Anderson right now is his speed and lift, but he uses his body well enough to shed defenders.
"In one game, Anderson went six straight defensive possessions where he either blocked a shot or deflected a pass and that streak stopped because he needed a break. Opposing posts found it impossible to shoot over Anderson's arms."
According to Playground Warrior head coach Ritchie Davis on his team's Web site, Anderson had 23 points, 14 rebounds, six blocks, and four dunks in a win over a club from Texas in the mentioned event.
Fellow in-state star Vander Blue is the only other known player in the 2010 class with a scholarship offer from Wisconsin, which is expected to have two scholarships to offer in that class.
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