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Junction City basketball star James Anderson (6-6, 190) - once a virtual unknown outside the state of Arkansas - now has 15 scholarship offers and will be having a busy summer as he continues to show off his talent for a plethora of college coaches

After a successful Memorial Day weekend with his Arkansas Wings, Junction City basketball star James Anderson is looking forward to a little down time.

But just a little.

Such is the case when you are one of the nation's top senior-to-be basketball prospects, something that Anderson (6-6, 190) is definitely as evidenced by his being ranked the 32nd-best player in the country by and a whopping 15 scholarship offers.

"We've stayed busy," Anderson said. "I'm just going to get a little rest and they are going to call us and tell us when we play next."

Anderson and the Wings made an unexpected run to the championship game of the Memorial Day Classic in Nashville this past weekend before falling to SYF Players 82-72 Monday afternoon in the title tilt.

They had pulled off an upset of the Boo Williams AAU squad in the semifinals on Monday morning.

"Our team has played well and things have gone pretty well for me as well," Anderson said Tuesday night. "I could have played better this last weekend, but overall I've had a good spring."

Anderson, who averaged 32 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals this past season for the Dragons, has been invited to the Nike All America Camp in Indianapolis in early July.

He'll also lead the Wings into the Nike Peach Jam immediately after that and the Wings will end up July playing in the Super Showcase and the AAU National Championship in Orlando.

The Wings have also been getting good play from the Forrest City guard duo of Marcus Britt - who is also drawing Division I attention - and Stephon Weaver as well as Shiloh Christian center David Cline and Hughes' Kevin Brown according to Anderson.

"Marcus is doing great job getting the ball around to others and also shooting it," Anderson said.

Anderson is not in a hurry to cut down his list, one that has Arkansas, LSU, Kentucky, Kansas, Oklahoma State and Baylor among others already offering scholarships.

"I'm not going to worry about that now," Anderson said. "I consider myself pretty wide open."

While 15 schools have offered (11 of them since his season ended), Anderson noted that only Arkansas' Stan Heath - the first to offer Anderson last summer - and Baylor's Scott Drew were the only head coaches who made their way to Junction City to see him this spring.

"The rest just sent the assistants," Anderson said. "Arkansas is still in good shape with me like they always have been."

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