Q&A with Antonio
Scout.com #42 Overall
Antonio Anderson, a 6'4" shooting guard, is one of four players from Laurinburg Prep in North Carolina to sign with the Tigers this year. Coach Chris Chaney of Laurinburg says that John Calipari is the reason that top players are streaming towards Memphis. "He's a former Final Four and NBA head coach," he said, "Nowadays these guys want to make that level of the NBA and he knows what it takes to get there. Kids love playing for him because he's a very intense coach and he can prepare them for the next level."
Getting players ready for the college level is what Coach Chaney does at Laurinburg Prep. An astounding 14 players signed with Division 1 universities this fall. The competition promotes a work ethic among these elite players. "With 14 guys who are D1 practicing together, if you don't play hard, you're not playing," said Chaney.
Regarding Anderson, Chaney had this to say: "He played both the shooting guard and point guard position for us. He's very athletic and he's shooting it real well right now. There are a lot of things he brings to the table and there's nothing on the court he can't do. He defends real well and I think he's a big time kid for Memphis. In my opinion he's one the best players in the country."
Here are a few quotes from a conversation with Antonio.
Q: Why did you choose Memphis?
A: Because I thought that Coach Calipari and his staff had the most to offer me, not just basketball-wise but academically. That's where I felt comfortable.
Q: What are your strengths and weaknesses as a player?
A: My strengths are that no matter who is guarding me, I can score. I can penetrate and get to the hole and I like to pass a lot. My weakness is that I need to work more on my outside shot. I need to get more consistent.
Q: What do you think you guys from Laurinburg can accomplish at Memphis?
A: If all of us stay together, we can win a national championship. Especially with Chris Douglas-Roberts coming with us.
Q: Is there an NBA player that people say you resemble?
A: Everyone says that I play similar to Dwyane Wade.
Q: How has Laurinburg helped you develop?
A: They have us working hard every day. As of right now, we were lifting when Coach Chaney gave me the phone. We lift every day, play every day. Practicing against all Division 1 players gets you better.