Mizzou hoping to land 'mini-Durant'
It's not often that a college basketball program recruits a pair of players who share a backcourt together, especially when those players hail from another region of the country. But that's precisely the case with Mizzou and Florida guards Dante Anderson. InsideMizzou has already given you the scoop on Johnson, we here we profile the other half of the dynamic duo for the Jacksonville Lee Bulls AAU club.
Dante Anderson, a prolific 6-foot-4, 190-pound shooting guard from Eastside High in Gainesville, Fla., has been hearing from MU for quite a while. MU is one of two schools to tender verbal offers to both Johnson, a scrappy point guard, and the high-scoring Anderson, who averaged 25 points per game as a junior.
"Ole Miss wants us to play together, and Missouri is doing the same thing," Anderson said. He's like the defensive stopper and I pretty much score and play defense. Together,[our styles] fit together well … It would be fun to play together, but we don't talk about it a lot."
Anderson first started receiving extra attention from the Mizzou staff after a strong performance last summer at the Real Deal tournament against All-American Eric Gordon. It was his first game in the 17-and-under age group.
"I think I had like fifteen points in seven minutes," Anderson said. "He's real tough, but you gotta hold your own."
Anderson is also hearing from Florida State, Miami and Tennessee. As of right now Ole Miss and Mizzou are his only offers, but that's sure to change this spring and summer, when the Bulls embark on a tour of all the major AAU events. At this point, he has no favorites and no campus visits nailed down.
"I want to have my top two by the end of the summer," he said. "I'd like to stay close to home, but if it's a good program I'd [consider it]."
MU assistant T.J. Cleveland has been in to see Anderson play several times, and the two exchange text messages frequently.
"Pretty much, they say I'll fit directly into their offense," he said.
Asked to describe his playing style, he said, "People say I play like a shorter Kevin Durant. I'm not as long as him, but if I was 6-9 I'd be just like him."
InsideMizzou will keep you posted, as always, on the recruitment of Jacksonville's standout backcourt.
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