DePaul Lands Canadian Forward for 2011

With the November signing period just days away, Canadian native Braeden Anderson pulled the trigger on his collegiate decision. The 6-8, 230 lb. combo forward is taking his game to the Big East. He was one of two to commit to DePaul tonight.

Braeden Anderson originally hails from Alberta, Canada and is currently in prep school in Massachusetts at Wilbraham & Monson Academy. After visiting DePaul's Lincoln Park campus this week, Anderson verbally committed to coach Oliver Purnell and expects to sign with the Blue Demons this month.

Anderson chose DePaul over Cincinnati, Hawaii, Houston, and Temple. He was also starting to receive late interest from Connecticut.

Anderson played on the AAU circuit for Grassroots Canada, which has produced a number of Division I players including Marquette's Junior Cadougan.

"He was pretty intrigued by DePaul," said Grassroots Canada AAU program director Ro Russell. "He lives in Calgary and there is a straight flight from Calgary to Chicago. He liked the demographics of the school and always felt that he was a Big East type guy based on his style of play and physicality. He was looking for a high-level program that needed someone to come in and make some stuff happen."

Anderson is rated as a three star prospect by Scout.com and is versatile enough to play either forward position in the Big East, but is best suited for the power forward spot.

"He's sort of in the mold of a Blake Griffin," said Russell. "He's really athletic and has a high motor. He's a strong kid, who plays hard, and has a proven skill set. He'll play the four. He can hit the 15 (foot jump shot). He can face and attack. He's very quick. He's a big-time athlete in terms of quickness and athleticism. He's a high energy guy. Based on that he's in the mold of a Big East player in terms of being tough, athletic, physical and being quick enough to compete at that level in the conference."

Anderson joins Crete-Monee's Jamie Crockett, Rich South's Macari Brooks, Mississippi big man Derrell Robertson, and Florida point guard Shane Larkin in the class of 2011 for Purnell.

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