The clear top player in Indiana’s 2018 class is Romeo Langford, but after that there is a lot of debate. Currently prospects such as Robert Phinisee and Eric Hunter rank within the Scout.com top 100, but maybe the most talented player behind Langford is South Bend Riley star Damezi Anderson.
At the recent FORUM Tip Off Classic, Anderson showed just how talented he is. At nearly 6-foot-6 with strength and good athleticism, Anderson showed a nice jump shot, the ability to handle the ball, and a desire to rebound.
Overall Anderson finished with 24 points on 11-20 shooting to go with nine rebounds.
Anderson was 2-5 from three point range, and only turned the ball over once, which showed an improvement in shot selection and decision making from his sophomore season.
The biggest strength for Anderson is his pure jump shot. What is impressive most about it is that Anderson is equally as good off the catch as he is off the dribble. In catch and shoot situations from three he is very consistent, and then he has a tremendous game in the mid-range where he can use his off the dribble pullup jumper.
That type of scoring ability with his natural strength and athleticism makes him a tremendous weapon on offense.
Now that Anderson is showing signs of not just shooting from the volleyball line or making passes into traffic for no reason, the natural talent is able to show through more, and on offense that means scoring at an impressive clip.
While he definitely isn’t a lockdown defender at this point in time in his development, Anderson has the physical tools to be tremendous in that regard. He has the ability to guard shooting guards, wings, or even power forwards, and also is a more than willing rebounder.
His defensive versatility likely won’t come all the way out until college, but the potential is there for him to be someone who in structure and coaching is able to become a plus defensive player.
The key word above though is structure, and that is the question with Anderson. To this point he hasn’t shown himself to be a player who thrives within the flow of an offense. He has often freelanced and taken whatever shot he feels is best.
If Anderson can prove that he can adapt to structure, the rest of the talent should take over, and he could find himself well within the top 100, with no real ceiling to how good he can become.