Leader For Jerime Anderson

Jerime Anderson didn't get a lot of attention on the AAU circuit last summer, but he has blossomed into one of the elite point guard prospects in the country for 2008. He told us recently that he favors a local program...

Jerime Anderson, 6-2 SO PG Anaheim (Calif.) Canyon, was pretty much an unknown heading into his sophomore season this past year. He didn't play on a high-profile AAU team and he wasn't invited to all of the elite camps at a young age. But Anderson showed this season, and again during the spring evaluation period, that he's one of the elite sophomore point guards in the country.

Anderson has a great combination of size, skill level, athleticism and feel for the game. You don't see a lot of young point guards these days who really understand the nuances of playing point guard. But Anderson is clearly a guy who gets it and that makes him relatively unique among players in his class. He has very good vision, he makes plays for others and he plays to win.

We spoke with Anderson recently and asked him about the schools he's hearing from so far.

"UCLA is really showing a lot of interest and they're definitely recruiting me the hardest right now," said Anderson. "I'm also hearing from Stanford, Washington and Arizona -- they've all come out to see me recently at practices."

When asked if he has a leader, Anderson replied, "UCLA is definitely my leader. They've let me know they're very interested and they're coming off a national championship game -- that helps."

Anderson said that he could see himself making an early decision.

"I've talked with my parents about it," said Anderson. "I think I'd like to get the recruiting process done soon."

Asked if any school has offered yet, Anderson said, "No, they haven't offered yet."

Anderson said he's considering going to a couple team camps in June.

"I'm going to the UCLA camp and I might go to the USC camp as well," said Anderson.

Anderson previously told us that he has a GPA around 3.7.

WILDCAT INSIDER SLANT: Anderson is a big time talent and one of the better PG's on the West Coast. If he does choose UCLA this eliminates one of the teams pursuing both Larry Derew Jr. and Brandon Jennings. Expect the Cats to continue to evaluate the talented guard as the recruiting season progresses.

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