JR PF Prospect Brian Anderson

In a year with a lack of baseline players with scoring moves, <B>Brian Anderson</b> from Lamar, Colorado, is a rare commodity, and college coaches are just beginning to discover him...

Brian Anderson, 6-8 JR PF, Lamar (Col.) High, was fairly impressive at the Rumble in the Bay tournament in Los Altos Memorial Day weekend.

Anderson, physically, still has quite a ways to go. He's probably just 6-8, but pretty thin, not weighing more than 200 pounds. He needs to improve his strength, getting pushed around sometimes in the paint, especially his lower body strength.

But Anderson has skills that are fairly uncommon for a big man in the 2004 class. Namely, he has some solid, go-to post moves, with an array of nice turn-around jumpers, jump hooks, and even little scoop moves with his left hand. He also can step out on a limited basis, face up and hit the jumper. Anderson combines this with some good athleticism, able to get off his feet fairly quickly, with decent hops.

Combine all of this with a 3.9 GPA and a 25 ACT and it's easy to see why many college coaches on the west coast are intrigued – in a year when finding anyone over 6-8 who has post moves is a challenge.

Anderson said he's seen his recruitment really pick up this spring, as college coaches have discovered him. "I'm hearing from Stanford, BYU, Colorado State, Kansas State, Washington, Nebraska, Wyoming, Connecticut and Denver," Anderson said. As of right now, he has no scholarship offers, but said some of the schools have implied they could be offering him by this summer. Anderson was planning on visiting Denver unofficially this week.

Anderson, while only maybe 15 minutes from Stanford while playing in the Rumble last weekend, visited the Palo Alto campus. He couldn't speak with any of the Stanford coaches while on campus per NCAA rules, but he said he really liked his informal Stanford tour.

If Stanford offered, what would Anderson do? "I'd probably take it," Anderson said. "Even though I want to hear from as many schools as possible. I like anyone who has interest in me. But it is Stanford."


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