Anderson looks past Buffs

History isn't on Colorado's side when Juan Anderson (Castro Valley, Calif.) makes his decision. Get inside for more.

Juan Anderson has his top schools narrowed down and Colorado isn't one of them.

The 6-6, "almost 6-7", 190-pound small forward from Castro Valley High School (Castro Valley, Calif.) says Marquette, Oregon, Arizona State and California are his finalists.

"I built the strongest relationships with those coaches," Anderson said. "I just kind of felt like I felt more comfortable with them at this point."

Anderson said at one point he was considering the Buffs.

"We were (talking), then I kind of started leaning toward some other schools," he said. "I don't talk to them anymore."

And what exactly took Colorado out of the running?

"I don't know," Anderson said. "There was a lot of reasons, that they weren't really winning in the Big 12 and stuff like, so I lean towards schools that have winning traditions."

Anderson plans on picking his school after he takes some campus visits, and judging by his fall schedule, he could pick a school as soon as early October. He said he is officially visiting Marquette, Oregon and Arizona State on consecutive weekends starting in mid September.

"I just made the plans," he said of the back to back to back trips. "I don't want to wait. I want to see what they have to offer."

Anderson spent most of the summer traveling with his Oakland Rebels AAU team to tournaments in Indianapolis, Las Vegas, and a few tournaments in California.

"It went pretty well," he said. "… I played pretty well. I can't complain, could have done better, but did pretty well."

Colorado was also interested in Anderson's AAU teammate T.J. Taylor, but Taylor is also looking elsewhere after talks with the Buffs cooled down.

Anderson still has a week of summer left, but is already focused on the upcoming school year. He wants to get to state and hopefully win a title, but more importantly be successful with his team and prepare for the next level.


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