Anderson got that across Monday afternoon in a press conference held right before his team got its first pre-Italy workout in at Bud Walton Arena.
"It's going to be great for our basketball team to have the opportunity to get in 10 practices," Anderson said. "That's what I am really interested in, the practices, and these guys get to go to a country and that can serve for many, many purposes - educational, cultural - something these guys can remember for the rest of their lives. But from a team standpoint a lot of good things can take place bonding.
"It's not a whole lot to do for them - we'll do some sightseeing," Anderson added. "But they are going to get the chance to spend a lot of time together and I think that's priceless when you are talking about so many young guys with our basketball team, four freshmen and (junior college transfer) Coty Clarke…to bond with the guys we have coming back."
"I thought it was important this year because we have so many new faces," Anderson said. "Last year, there was a lot of question marks because of the players that we had here and the new players coming in. This year, I have a better feel for what's here and what we are brining it.
"So now I want to see if we can't just get that going a little bit earlier this year," Anderson said. "We'll be doing a lot more team stuff even with this period."
Arkansas forward Marshawn Powell (6-7, 240) – listed as a redshirt junior on the roster – was able to go through the first practice.
He is coming off a knee injury that occurred just two games into last season.
"It will be great to have him back," noted Anderson, who will decide whether Powell will play in Italy on a day-to-day situation.
Two transfers – Houston's Alandise Harris and Oklahoma State's Fred Gulley – are not practicing as the Razorback staff waits to hear on whether they are eligible to do so.
Anderson does know that he will have Clarke and the four freshmen – guards Dee Wagner and Anthlon Bell and forwards Jacorey Williams and Michael Qualls along for the trip.
"I think it is going to be big for our young players," Anderson said. "These guys, to me it is refreshing when you bring in players that fit what you are doing, come here and want to sponge everything that you are doing.
"Now they have done the things in the offseason in terms of individual workouts, pick-up games and the weights and stuff and now get to go through some things in terms of full-scale practices," Anderson added. "I think that can't do anything, but help those guys."
Anderson made it clear that he is using these practices as a pre-cursor for starting workouts officially in October.
"Not only are we getting ready for this trip, but we are getting ready for October," Anderson said. "This will make that transition when we get there a lot smoother."
Because Arkansas only had 8-10 healthy players during much of its 16-14 in 2011-2012, playing time came easy.
With 14 of a possible 17 taking the floor on Monday, that should be different this season.
"A lot of guys got a lot of playing time because of what we had. ... I think this year they're going to have an opportunity to earn it," Anderson said. But I anticipate some of those guys having a chance to do some things for us. I think Jacorey Williams, a 6-8 quick forward is going to help our team. I think Michael Qualls is one of those energy guys. He's super athletic. He's kind of like a highlight waiting to happen. so I'm sure he's going to compete to be out on that floor.
"Dee Wagner has a good basketball IQ," Anderson added. "He's one of those guys that can run the show for you. Anthlon Bell, I think once he really finds that groove, he's going to be a guy that can knock shots down for us."
It's Clark (6-7, 225) – who was second in the nation in junior college rebounding last season - that has caught Anderson's eyes the most.
"The guy I've been really impressed with thus far has been Coty Clarke," Anderson said. "I think he's a guy that has very good basketball IQ. Just has a nose for the basketball. I can see why he had so many rebounds in junior college. He just has a great feel for the game."
Anderson feels he has a much more mature team this season.
" The question marks we had at the beginning of (last) year, some of those were answered," Anderson added. "So now they have had a year to see me come in here and act the fool or do whatever I do - but they have a better grip of what is expected. And I am going to hold them accountable. More than anything else I am going to hold them accountable for being a Razorback."
Anderson said that he could see Rickey Scott, Ky Madden, B.J. Young, Mardracus Wade and Wagner all manning the point guard spot at time.
"I think Rickey is one of those guys and think he did a decent job," Anderson said. "But I have no starters and that is why this period here is important, even into October when we find more about our basketball team. I am just looking for guys that are going to compete, guys that re going to play the game the right way, play to win.
"I just feel we have more depth so that means we are going to have more options and we just have to continue to develop, getting better and getting it all on the same page," Anderson said, "so we can be not only better as individuals, but better as a team. That is the most important thing."
Anderson said that he has not talked with his team about mixing business and pleasure in Italy.
"I haven't had that conversation with them yet," Anderson said. "I am letting them get through the summer first. We got some guys that are finishing up summer school and have summer school work to the ninth. We leave on the 10th. We will start talking about that more as we go throughout the week."
There will be some different rules while in Italy with wider lanes, a deeper 3-point line, only 8 seconds to get across halfcourt and a 24-second clock.
"We're playing with different rules, so they've got to understand that part of it," Anderson said. "Our fast-break, I want to see can we get into our secondary break. Can we be a team that can defend? These teams are going to spread you and attack you, and attack you. They're going to be real physical. Can we stand up to that? But the practices to me are moreso from a team standpoint. We'll do some individual development, but I think it's more about the team."