Will it be Kansas or Oklahoma State for James Anderson, the 6-foot-5, 190-pound small forward from Junction City (AR) High School? The No. 34 ranked player in the class of 2007 will answer that very question later in the week, as Anderson has officially scheduled a press conference. The four-star prospect is ready to put an end to his recruitment.
"James has scheduled a press conference," said Junction City head coach Joe Hammett. "He is going to announce his decision on Wednesday at 1:00. James is going to decide between Kansas and Oklahoma State. He is done taking visits and is ready to decide.
"I don't believe that James has made a decision yet, and I don't know if he will contact Kansas and Oklahoma State before he makes his decision," he added. "James might just wait to contact both schools after he's made the announcement."
After taking official visits to Arkansas, Kansas, Florida and Oklahoma State, there was a time when it appeared Anderson, the No. 10 ranked small forward in the class, would take one final visit to Kentucky.
Anderson spent a great deal of time talking about a possible fifth and final visit with family and coach, but ultimately decided to shut his recruitment down. With the early signing period set to begin on Wednesday, Anderson is looking forward to announcing his final decision.
"James took a visit to Kansas by himself and his mother went with him to Oklahoma State," said Hammett. "There is nothing to read into that. I've said all along that this is a decision James is going to make. He and I talked on Friday and he is ready to decide.
"It's been quite a process for James, but he is ready to make his announcement," he added. "He is ready to relax and wants to focus on his senior season. Kansas and Oklahoma State are the two schools he feels most comfortable with. He likes the players and coaches from both schools."
According to Hammett, Kansas coach Joe Dooley was at Junction City high school on Friday to evaluate Anderson one final time. A member of the Oklahoma State coaching staff didn't make the trip last week.
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