2008 Focus: Jerime Anderson

Jerime Anderson, a very talented sophomore point guard from Anaheim (Calif.), has several Pac-10 programs expressing early interest in him...

Jerime Anderson, 6-1 SO PG Anaheim (Calif.) Canyon, has gone from relative obscurity to becoming an elite prospect in a matter of months. Very few people from outside the west have seen Anderson yet, but we feel confident he'll be mentioned with the top prospects in the country when he gets out to the spring tournaments.

Anderson has good size and quickness, with a nice frame that should fill out well. He's a good, not great, athlete. What really makes Anderson a top prospect, though, is a very high skill level combined with a great feel for the game. Anderson thinks the game like a point guard, yet he has the ability to score when his team needs him to step up. Skilled, unselfish point guards that play to win -- and not just their own personal glory -- are a rare and valuable commodity these days. We expect Anderson to hear from the elite programs around the country.

We spoke with Anderson recently and asked him about the schools that he's heard from to date.

"UCLA has been showing a lot of interest," said Anderson. "Also, USC, Arizona, Arizona State and San Diego State have been out to see me. And my coach has been talking to Louisville about me."

We asked Anderson what he is looking for in a school.

"A really good academic school is a big thing," said Anderson. "Also, if I really like the coach. Beacause I'm a point guard, I think it's important that I have a good relationship with the coach."

We asked Anderson about the issue of location when choosing a school.

"I'd kind of like to stay local, but if I got interest from some of the big East Coast schools, I'd be interested," said Anderson.

When questioned about the issue of early playing time, Anderson replied, "I haven't really talked about it, but the schools I'm talking with have brought it up. They've told me that they see me playing a lot early. But if I had to sit on the bench for awhile, that's not a big deal -- I've sat on the bench before."

Anderson doesn't have a specific timeframe just yet for picking a college.

"I know that I definitely want to commit before my senior season," said Anderson. "It's possible I could do it earlier than that."

Anderson told us he has a 3.7 GPA.


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