For James Anderson, the wait is over. After narrowing his list of schools to Kansas and Oklahoma State, the 6-foot-5, 190-pound small forward from Junction City (AR) High School just gave the nod to Sean Sutton and the Cowboys. Rivals.com has a complete update from Anderson's press conference.
"First, I want to give all thanks to God for putting me in this position," said Anderson. "I also want to thank everybody for coming out to support me. I want to thank my mom and my dad, because if it weren't for them, I wouldn't be here. I would like to thank my teammates for pushing me at practice and making me work.
"I would like to thank all of the coaches for coming out to recruit me," he added. "I had some hard choices and went with the two schools that I felt more comfortable with. It came down to Kansas and Oklahoma State. The one that I thought was the best is Oklahoma State."
According to Junction City head coach Joe Hammett, Anderson, the No. 34 ranked player in the class, made the decision to attend OSU for a variety of reasons. There is no question that Coach Sutton and his staff did an outstanding job recruiting the four-star prospect.
"James knew about his decision but nobody else did," said Hammett. "It was yesterday before he definitely told me that. Coach Sutton had been down to Junction City and I just think that James felt that, besides Coach Sutton being a basketball coach, he also felt a personal interest in James.
"Coach James Dickey is a super person," he added. "Throughout this process, James and Coach Sutton and Coach Dickey felt comfortable with each other. With him being from Arkansas, knowing a little bit about him, that helped him a little bit for his sake."
James Anderson Scouting Report: "A bouncy and wiry wing player, Anderson impacts the game in a number of ways. He is outstanding filling the lanes in transition and is a great offensive rebounder. As a multiposition defender, he has a knack for coming up with big steals. Fairly skilled with the ball as a shooter, handler and passer, Anderson just needs to continue refining those skills. Added strength will help him finish the difficult shots he is capable of creating." -Jerry Meyer of Rivals.com