Outlook: Ryan Anderson

Ryan Anderson is one of a handful of newcomers this season. Read on to see our expectations for him and more.

Arizona has been able to recycle talent over the last few seasons largely in part to head coach Sean Miller's recruiting prowess and reputation as a coach.

Last season no exception, the 'Cats were able to replace forward Brandon Ashley with Ryan Anderson, a 6-foot-9 forward that transferred in from Boston College.

Due to transfer rules, Anderson was forced to sit the season out and learn Miller's system from the bench - something that couldn't have been easy for a player that received heavy consideration for all-conference nominations.

Miller has had a lot more success with transfer students than not. His most recent transfer, T.J. McConnell, went on to play some of the best two years of basketball for Arizona and he signed a partially guaranteed deal with the Philadelphia 76ers this summer.

In regards to his role, the ideal situation is that Anderson will be looked at to produce similar numbers to his tenure at Boston College. Through two seasons in the ACC, the 230-pound forward averaged 14.6 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.

It's still unclear how many shots Anderson will take, but if the goal is to fill the void left by Ashley, it is safe to assume that he will have a prominent role in a variety of Miller's rotations.

One thing to take notice of is this is Anderson's only season playing for a winning program, as Boston College won a total of 24 games and lost 41.

Now it's easier to put up impressive numbers when you're the featured talent on a bad team and it is fair to have some questions about how Anderson is going to transition, but the fifth year senior picked the program that will showcase his strong points and fine tune his weaknesses.

Anderson has a great chance to help lead this young Arizona team to new heights. Granted, he will only be here for one season but he has the skill set to establish something great.


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