Patton Hires Memphis Prep Coach as Assistant

Freshman Calvin Williams will see a familiar face courtside when he begins practices with the men's basketball team this fall at Colorado. Head coach Ricardo Patton has hired Williams' prep coach, John Anderson, as assistant responsible for off-campus recruiting, scouting and the Ricardo Patton Basketball Camps.

"I think right off the bat he's going to bring a level of enthusiasm to our team, and that our players will respond right away," Patton said in a press release.

Anderson replaces Jason Shelton, who took the head coaching job at Freed-Hardeman University. Anderson, 46, was head coach at Hillcrest High in Memphis, Tenn., from 1987-2005, compiling a 253-194 record in that span.

Patton and Anderson have been friends for years, and Patton first tried to hire him at CU in 1995. Besides Williams, Hillcrest has produced two other players for the Buffs, including Leroy Carter (1994-96) and Ernest Renfroe (1997-2001).

"To have an opportunity to work for and with a guy of (Patton's) caliber was something I couldn't turn down," Anderson said. "Ricardo offered me a job in 1995, but at the time I was working on my master's and I had a young daughter I wanted to get out of school. But over the years we've kept our relationship and he called again this year. ... It's a great opportunity for me. It's going to afford me an opportunity to fulfill a dream."

Memphis is an area rich with basketball talent. The Buffs will have eight seniors on scholarship this upcoming season and are facing a busy year of recruiting.

"Recruiting-wise, he's well connected in Memphis, a city that is loaded with rising seniors," Patton said of Anderson. "We've been able to establish an identity in Memphis, we've had one in years past, but this now makes us even stronger."

Anderson brings over 24 years of coaching experience to the Buffaloes. He earned the Tennessee Athletic Coaching Association's Coach of the Year award three times (1994, 1995, 1996) and the District 16AA Coach of the Year in 1995 and 1996 while at Hillcrest. During the 1993-94 campaign, Anderson coached his team to a 25-0 record to begin the season and a No. 17 national ranking.

Anderson is married to the former Tiffany Beason. They have four children Sharonda (27), Jerametrius (26), Tameka (20) and John Jr. (5). Jerametrius is a professional football player with the St. Louis Rams.

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