If James Anderson is the next big time wing on this list, well, that's pretty good company. The 6-foot-6 Junction City (Ark.) High stud is the latest wing in a string of talented perimeter players from his home state.
Speaking of the Hogs, Stan Heath's crew gets first crack at Anderson. According to his high school coach, Arkansas has an official visit scheduled for the weekend of Sept. 2. After the visit to Fayetteville, Anderson isn't scheduled to take his next trip for a month when Kansas hosts him the weekend of Oct. 7. Florida gets him for Midnight Madness and Oklahoma State rounds out the slate.
The lag time between the Arkansas visit and the next trip is slightly unusual but Anderson's coach cautions not to read too much into it. "That was just a date that they threw out there and the rest of them wanted later dates," Junction City coach Joe Hammett said.
"They're late except the one to Arkansas. Some of (the schools) have more dates and we might decide to bump some of them up but they're still a good way from the start of the season."
Last year, Anderson was a monster. He averaged 32 points and 12 rebounds for Hammett but the coach is expecting Scout.com's No. 24 prospect to take it to another level. "We just started school this week and we start working out when school starts. Watching him this week, he's always had the ability but his confidence is higher than it was just from playing all summer. With his work habits he just continues to improve."
Hammett said there are a few pieces of the puzzle that Anderson will use in making his decision. "I think one thing for sure is being comfortable with the head coach. He wants to have a comfort feeling there with him and the type of play. James needs a style of transition that fits him. When he's in the open floor he's best at that."