Anderson sounds as excited as the fans about having McDonald's All-American Bobby Portis (6-10, 230) of Little Rock and former Huntington (WV) Prep center Moses Kingsley (6-10, 223) – another top 40 nationally-ranked player – on his roster next season.
"I think he (Portis) is doing well," Anderson said. "He is a lot taller than we anticipated. He is close to 6-10 and a half now and he has out on a couple of pounds since he has been here. He weighs almost 230. Our strength and conditioning program is taking place during the summer months and he is just kind of getting acclimated.
"…We can see from the summer workouts that he is going to have a chance to have an impact on this team," Anderson added. "The fundamentals that he brings to the table in terms of catching the ball, passing the ball, his size and he can really run the floor.
"I love his motor," Anderson continued. "He has a big-time motor and I think he fits well with this group right now."
Kingsley is due in for the second semester of summer school and will join the Portis and freshman walk on Manuale Watkins for the last half of the eight weeks of summer workouts (two hours per week) the NCAA now allows.
"We expect Moses Kingsley to be here in the next few days," Anderson said. "He is coming up for the second summer session and as we progress through the summer months we are looking forward to going from 2012-2013 to 2013-2014.
"We feel like we addressed some of our needs and some of our needs were size," Anderson added.
Arkansas lost its top two scorers – sophomore B.J. Young and Marshawn Powell declared for the NBA draft – in addition to having sophomore Hunter Mickelson transfer to Kansas.
But Anderson feels like this team will compensate for their loss and even thrive with a balanced attack and guys like transfer Alandise Harris (6-6, 230) and senior forward Coty Clarke (6-7, 225) helping to lead the charge.
"We will be a different type of team from that standpoint," Anderson said. "A team that has five guys on the floor and you are going to have to pay attention to all of them because they are going to be capable of scoring.
"You have got to have a guy that you can go to and it could be (sophomore shooting guard) Anthlon Bell, who led our team in 3-point shooting field goals last year," Anderson added. "He is going to get better.
"This is going to be a team where you are going to have different guys stepping up to compensate for the loss of two guys that got almost 30 points a game for your basketball team," Anderson continued.
Anderson said the non-conference schedule should be released "in the next week or two" after the SEC – which is checking all of the league's non conference slates – gives it an okay.
"I think it is probably one of those checks and balances things," Anderson said. "I think what took place the last couple of years is not getting as many teams in the NCAA Tournament as there should be for the SEC - for what type of league it is. I am sure it is a concern for the commissioner as well as our coaches.
"With the conference having a chance to see what we are doing in terms of our schedule, I think that is a good thing," Anderson added. "It makes sure that everybody is scheduling as good as they can schedule where the non-conference does not hurt the conference when we play each other." Anderson feels like his team had a tough non-conference schedule last season although some harped about bottom feeders.
"You look at the years that I have been here, we play people," Anderson said. "It was just unfortunate last year that we didn't beat some of those people. We had a five-game stretch probably as tough as anybody in the country playing Arizona State and Wisconsin in Vegas, Syracuse, Oklahoma and Michigan. That alone is a tremendous schedule in the non-conference. Had we won some of those games, our postseason would have been a lot different.
"This year is not going to be any different," Anderson added. "We play in the Maui Tournament this year which has Gonzaga in it, Arizona State's in it, Baylor's in it, Syracuse's in it. We will be playing people. The key now is hopefully we can beat some people."
When asked about point guard, Anderson reeled off a few names. But he said it was going to be more about better ball movement among all the players on the court.
"I think what we are starting to see in our workouts – both team and our individual workouts – is better ball movement," Anderson said. "I made the statement that you could see a lot of bonding that is taking place with this team. Guys are now starting to figure out we are going to be as strong as our weakest link. We are going to be a team that is going to share the basketball."
He did not try to hide the fact that he would love for 6-5 junior Ky Madden to run the show.
"I think the guy that really has a lot of talent and we are really looking for him to have a breakout year is Ky Madden," Anderson said. "He has a great basketball IQ, he handles the basketball well. He can shoot the basketball. He can distribute it well and his size is an advantage that we certainly have to take better advantage of.
"He has had a couple of years in our system now and so hopefully this year will be a year where he can come out and really shine for our basketball team," Anderson added. (Senior off guard) Mardracus (Wade) will be a much better basketball player," Anderson said.
Arkansas will have five seniors – including walk ons Kikko Haydar and Fred Gulley - that will play significant roles this season.
"You have got senior guys now that have had a couple of years of playing for us and now they have a better understanding," Anderson said.
"And when you start getting better talent, that really helps," Anderson added. "A guy like Bobby Portis coming in, that is going to be huge for our basketball team and you are still going to have the guys that gave you everything they had like Kikko Haydar.
"When you put it all together I think we are going to have a team that hopefully people are going to have to contend with," Anderson noted.