Dante Anderson is a 6-5, 185-pound guard from Eastside High School in Gainesville, FL who plays his AAU hoops for the Jacksonville Lee Bulls. Anderson's stock is soaring through the roof right now. He's a big guard that can flat out fill it up. This past season Anderson averaged 27.5 ppg and feels he can still get better. "Getting better is what it's all about. I'm just like the next player - trying to work on all aspects of my game. I had a pretty good school year and I'm off to a good start with my AAU team," Anderson said.
The Illinois coaching staff is out there selling the program. The key will be landing someone like Anderson who ranks here at Scout.com as the 58th best overall prospect from the Class of 2008 and the 13th best shooting guard. "Last year Coach Webster came to see me play. He's called about me a number of times. I know that they're very interested in me. I want to visit them and I hope we can get that worked out. Actually they're one of my favorite three schools right now. I can remember the 2005 Illinois team with Dee Brown on it. That was cool. He just came down, shot the three-ball in transition, and Coach Weber was cool with that. I don't want to play for a school that walks the ball up the court - I like get out and play!"
Just because Anderson is from Florida, don't think for a second Weber and company aren't making a strong push for him or don't like their chances. For any recruit, the coaching staff and current players help sell the program. Assistant Coach Tracy Webster has been on the horn with a lot of players lately and all feel he's great and a coach they can relate to. "When Coach Webster shows the kind of interest in me that he has - it certainly helps that's for sure," said Anderson.
From an academic standpoint, according to Anderson he's doing very well in school. "I haven't taken any of the tests yet, but I'm getting ready to do those things and put myself in position for college. It's definitely something that has to get done here soon."
InsideIllini.com has an updated list of "potential" recruits that Illinois has expressed interest in - our database has been updated.