Brendan Lane hears the comparisons almost every time he steps foot onto a court in Northern California. And the 6-foot-9, 200-pound big man from Rocklin (Calif.) is perfectly fine with being called the next Ryan Anderson.
Lane, the No. 35 ranked player in the class of 2009, says he knows why the locals compare him to the former NorCal star and current University of California big man.
"We are both the same size. He's a little heavier than me. He's an inside-outside guy that can shoot the three," Lane said. "I think there are a lot of similarities between us."
Unlike Anderson, though, Lane is emerging early as a sure-fire high-major prospect. A number of schools have jumped in early with the four-star forward. Lane spent the off-season on the road, checking out a trio of Pac-10 schools.
He visited Cal, Arizona State and Southern Cal unofficially. To date, Cal, Arizona State, USC, Virginia, Stanford and Kansas have offered scholarships, he said. Washington, Washington State, Texas and Utah are also seriously interested.
"I'm going to trim it down to five after the basketball season. Nothing has really stood out yet. They are all still pretty even.
"I want to find somewhere that I can relate to the players and like the people there. I want to play somewhere and not sit on the bench. And, of course, a place that has good academics," Lane said. "I want to go to the NCAA tournament and play."
Staying close to home is something that he is also strongly considering, Lane said.
"That is pretty important, probably a little bit more important to my mom. I'm open to going to the East Coast but it is mostly West Coast," he said.