After taking official visits to Arkansas, Kansas, Florida and Oklahoma State, two programs have emerged as the teams to beat for James Anderson, the 6-foot-5, 190-pound small forward from Junction City (AR) High School. No schools have been eliminated at this time, but two Big 12 programs have clearly separated themselves from the pack.
"James has Kansas and Oklahoma State at the top of his list," said Junction City head coach Joe Hammett. "Arkansas, Florida and Kentucky have been placed on the backburner, but I wouldn't say they've been eliminated just yet. I just know that Kansas and Oklahoma State are at the top for James.
"Now that James has taken official visits to Kansas, Arkansas, Florida and Oklahoma State, he was just ready to make this move," he added. "He's done some thinking since returning from all four visits, and decided that Kansas and Oklahoma State are his leaders."
When Rivals.com spoke to Hammett earlier in the week, he indicated Anderson, the No. 34 ranked player in the class of 2007, might take one final official visit to Kentucky.
At the time, Anderson was hoping to make a decision by the end of the week, but it sounds as if the four-star prospect has had a change of plans.
"James was thinking about taking a visit to Kentucky, but that's been put on hold for now," he added. "He is just going to do some thinking and is hoping to pick school when the early signing period arrives in November.
"Florida, Arkansas and Kentucky have been put on the backburner for the time being," he added. "Kansas and Oklahoma State are the leaders, and that's where James is at right now."
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 multi-position 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