Outside of Arkansas, James Anderson may be just another common name. But in the Natural State, and especially at Junction City High School, people know the name.
Anderson is a soft-spoken 6-foot-5 wing putting up some huge numbers. The junior is leading the state in scoring at 31 points a clip for Joe Hammond's club at Junction City (23-5). You better believer that opposing teams know the name, too.
Teams are trying everything to stop Anderson. Scoring over 840 points in a season is a good reason why.
"I mostly see box and ones," he said. "I've seen a lot of them."
Anderson is starting to see a lot of coaches these days, too.
Baylor was at Anderson's practice on Friday. A number of other schools and coaches have been out to see him this year, including Arkansas head man Stan Heath and assistants from Ole Miss.
Anderson said he is hearing from Arizona, Illinois, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
Still a bit of a national unknown because he missed the busy July travel period with a bone fracture in his foot, which he suffered last June. Having already completed the ACT and with the momentum from a huge junior campaign, Anderson said he is hoping to have a strong showing on the AAU circuit this spring and summer.
"It's real important," Anderson said. "I want to finish this year and win state. If we just keep doing what we have been doing, we should be okay."
Anderson and Junction City HS play in their regional tournament beginning Wednesday.