JUCO All-American Anderson Talks D-1 Programs

Mark Anderson comes from a strong basketball lineage. His cousin, Carl Edwards, currently plays professionally overseas. The 6'8, 215 pound forward from Dayton, Ohio is also the nephew of Roth High School and Kentucky/USC player Dwight Anderson. Uncle Dwight was Dayton's first McDonalds All-American. And now, Mark Anderson is the next family member to earn All-American honors.

Mark Anderson comes from a strong basketball lineage. His cousin, Carl Edwards, currently plays professionally overseas. The 6'8, 215 pound forward from Dayton, Ohio is also the nephew of Roth High School and Kentucky/USC player Dwight Anderson. Uncle Dwight, who also played in the NBA with the New Jersey Nets, was Dayton's first McDonalds All-American. And now, Mark Anderson is the next family member to earn All-American honors.

As a freshman at National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II Sinclair Community College in Dayton, he led the nation in scoring averaging with 25.8 points per game. He also was Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) leader in rebounding pulling down 9.3 rebounds per game. Anderson shot 54% from the field, over 40% from behind the arc, and 70% from the free throw line.

These numbers not only earned Anderson the OCCAC player of the year award (and first team All-OCCAC), but also got him named a NJCAA second team Division II All-American. Anderson believes he would have made first team All-American had his team qualified for nationals. Anderson said, "Making All-American is hard to do without making nationals. If we would have qualified, I think I could have been first team and maybe national player of the year."

Last season, Anderson led Sinclair to the OCCAC regular season title and a 24-6 record. However, Anderson was disappointed that Sinclair failed to qualify for the national tournament, something he hopes to change this year. Anderson said, "We will have a pretty good team. We have (OCCAC newcomer of the year) British Alexander coming back. We should definitely make it to nationals this year."

Anderson had success in high school for Dayton Dunbar. He was teammates with Daequan Cook (Ohio State/Miami Heat) and Aaron Pogue. The three had been starters together for over three years. "We were like the youngest team around. When I was a sophomore, we started four sophomores (including Cook) and a freshman (Aaron Pogue)." Playing with that much talent did have one drawback in that Anderson was overshadowed by his teammates.

Originally slated in the class of 2006, Anderson did not enroll at Sinclair until 2007 and has been reclassified to the class of 2009. Before coming to Sinclair, he enrolled as a student at Wright State but was not a member of the Raider basketball team.

Anderson compares his style of play to NBA star Rudy Gay. Also listed by some publications as a power forward (including Scout.com), he believes that is not his ideal position. Anderson said, "I am a legit 3 and can play the 2 or the 1 even. I am very athletic and can pretty much do everything well." Right now, he is working out often with his cousin Carl Edwards and wants to improve his shooting ability even more.

Anderson says he intends to graduate with an associate's degree in May 2009. He currently has a 2.7 G.P.A., but believes he will graduate with a 3.0. He still needs to complete 42 credit hours to graduate and is taking two classes this summer.

Currently, his major at Sinclair is physical education. When asked what he would like to major in at a four-year school, this was Anderson's response:

"Hopefully when I get to Miami (Ohio), I can do something in the sports management field."

It would seem that Miami is the school of his choice. Although he has not committed to the RedHawks yet, Anderson said, "Miami is at the top of my list." That list includes Cleveland State, West Virginia, Marshall, Ohio, and Kentucky. However, Miami is the only school he talks to at the moment. Anderson said, "West Virginia, Marshall, and Kentucky have called Coach (Jeff Price) about me, but I haven't really talked to any of them."

Anderson explained he favors Miami because of "the coaches and the tradition of the school." Specifically about the coaches, Anderson said, "They seem like really cool guys. Most coaches try to sell you a dream, but they have been honest with me. Coaches (Ryan) Pedon and (associate head coach Jermaine) Henderson really seem to care about players away from basketball." Anderson added, "I would feel comfortable at Miami." He also appreciated seeing the Miami coaches at his open gym sessions.

Anderson is also good friends with current Miami senior guard Kenny Hayes. Hayes is also a Dayton product who earned second team NJCAA All-American honors for Division II Cincinnati State in 2007. Anderson said, "I have watched him for years and saw him get better. He does not play anything like he did in high school."

Anderson said he holds offers from Cleveland State and Miami. He also said that Ohio is about to offer him soon.

Anderson has not taken any visits to date, but intends on taking them soon. "I was meaning to visit Miami (earlier in the summer), but a few things came up. The first visit I will take is Miami." Anderson indicated he might visit Ohio as well.

Anderson said he would not commit to a school in time for the fall signing period. In order to focus on this basketball season, he intends to make a decision in late February as the season is winding down.

Anderson said the school he picks would be close to his Dayton home, have good academics, high athletic standards, and be a good basketball program.

On a personal level, Anderson described himself as a "good guy" and a "people person" who is laid back and easy to get along with. He also said he has a funny bone. "I am fun to be around. Real goofy and like to joke around a lot."

Stay tuned to RedHawk Insider as we will continue to follow Anderson's sophomore season at Sinclair and Division One recruitment.


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