Anderson Weighs Options

Braeden Anderson is examining his college options. An available 2011 prospect, Anderson has a number of high major schools inquiring, including California, Kentucky and UCLA.

With the lack of big men still available in the 2011 class, when Braeden Anderson opted out of his Letter of Intent to DePaul he became a hot name in the coaching community.

In fact, Anderson, a 6-foot-8, 230-pound power forward out of Wilbraham (Mass.) Wilbraham and Monson Academy, has been taken back by all of the college attention.

"After decommitting from DePaul a lot of crazy stuff happened," Anderson told "I was expecting to get looks from Virginia and Cal, but everything else has been a surprise."

To go with interest from those two schools, Anderson has fielded calls from UCLA, Kentucky, Maryland, Washington State, Oregon, Central Florida and Georgia. He said California, Georgia and Washington State have offered.

"Besides them the most recent people that have been calling are UCLA and Kentucky," Anderson said. "There are have been a lot of schools that have called once or twice but haven't come out to see me."

"The people that have been the most serious are Cal-Berkley and UCLA is going to make a trip down here," he added. "Kentucky has been so busy, but they are staying in touch and they are going to come see me play."

As his senior season nears its end, Anderson is hoping to set up a visit to California and maybe more.

"I'm for sure going to take a visit to Cal and it'd be cool to take a visit to UCLA while I'm out there," he said. "I've talked to UCLA a couple of times and the interest is recent. They still want to come down, but I still want to take a visit over there."

"Georgia has been really pushing me to come visit," he added. "I only have four left, but I don't want to just take one and make a decision like I did with DePaul."

Anderson, a three-star prospect, said California has done a terrific job recruiting him and he likes the Bears because he has family there and he enjoys the west coast.

"Just being on the west coast and closer to home," Anderson said about California. "My aunt lives in the area. Me and Emerson Murray were able to develop a relationship at junior national tryouts in the summer time. Just talking to him on Facebook he was telling me what a great time he's having over there."

"The people around me are really telling me to not rush this because we did rush this the last time," he said. "Everyone is telling me to slow it down, and as hard as that may be going forward I think it's going to be really hard not to commit to Cal on the visit."

At this point, Anderson hasn't set dates for his official visits.

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