Anderson, Johnson a potential package for MU?

When we last caught up with Dante Anderson, the gifted 6-foot-5 scoring guard from Gainesville, Fla., was flying a bit the national radar and had not taken much an in-depth of a look at his recruitment. But now, six weeks later, Anderson has a shiny new Top-60 ranking and a slightly tighter focus on his collegiate future.


MU has offered both Anderson and his Jacksonville Bulls AAU teammate Shaquille Johnson, a point guard. The two recently showed off their wares at the Real Deal on the Hill tournament in Arkansas, where Anderson filled it up, as usual, in front of a crowd of college coaches.

"I did all all right. We went undefeated in pool play but we lost in the first round of the championship round … I averaged about 23 a game and had 35 in our last game," Anderson said. "We had numerous coaches watching our game: Missouri, Wake Forest, Ole Miss, Florida State, Miami. Also, Florida watched several of our games."

Anderson said it would be tough to turn down a chance to play for the Gators, but the interest from Billy Donovan's staff doesn't seem to be very heavy.

"They call once in a while," he said.

He's been hearing frequently from MU assistant T.J. Cleveland, who is recruiting both he and Johnson.

Cleveland "came by my school and we sat down and talked a little bit," he said.

Anderson holds a handful of offers, with several more likely to come as he travels the summer basketball circuit. One new team in the mix is Illinois, which has not yet offered the versatile scorer, who recently came out of the stands as a last-second entry into an all-star dunk contest and won the title with a windmill dunk and an allep-oop slam off of the side of the backboard.

Though Anderson says he's considering the idea of playing in his home state, he seems open to going anywhere as long as it seems to be the correct fit. Missouri, he said, could be that place.

"I just need to get out there and see the campus and see how everything is," he said. "I think I'll [visit] next fall."

Anderson isn't in any rush to commit. He'll likely take visits throughout the fall and come to a decision by the start of hoops season. Several schools are recruiting both he and Johnson because of how well the two players compliment one another. Johnson talks about Mizzou a lot, Anderson said.

"We've been playing together since we were 14 and we've got a lot of chemistry … He pretty much can set you up from anywhere on the floor. He gets me the ball in the right spots," he said.

So how likely is it that the duo will choose the same college?

"It's not definite but it's almost definite," he said.

The MU staff was in attendance at the Real Deal, most likely with Anderson their main focus. It seems safe to say he's among the staff's top priorities for what should be a super-sized '08 recruiting class. Inside Mizzou will keep tabs on him and keep you updated as his recruitment begins to develop.

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