2011 Intro: Braeden Anderson

Creedmoor Christian Faith Center (NC) standout Braeden Anderson left home to give himself a better chance of playing Division I basketball and the move has certainly paid off as college programs are expressing heavy interest.

Creedmoor Christian Faith Center (NC) standout Braeden Anderson left home to give himself a better chance of playing Division I basketball and the move has certainly paid off as college programs are expressing heavy interest.

Hailing from Okotoks, Alberta (CA), Anderson played last year at Foothills Composite School where he averaged 19 points and 11 rebounds. He followed AAU coach Ro Russell to North Carolina where Russell, the head coach of AAU's Grassroots Canada, is now in charge.

Christian Faith Center Academy is located in Creedmoor, North Carolina and the school's team is made up mainly of Canadian high schoolers looking to gain additional exposure by playing high school ball in the United States.

"This is my first year playing down here," said Anderson. "Coach Ro contacted me and heard all about me. He asked me to come down here and play with him at Christian Faith.

"I was originally supposed to go to American Heritage in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, the high school Kenny Boynton went to, but it didn't work out."

Anderson reclassified to the 2011 class, and has played well thus far.

"The move has been good," he said. "We've been playing well, and I think I've done well individually. On this team I'm definitely a power forward, but I think soon I'm going to move out and play the three some because I can play there too."

College programs are already in pursuit of Anderson.

"I think Miami is the only school that has offered me officially," he stated. "The other high majors I'm hearing from are Missouri, Arkansas, Florida, NC State, Virginia Commonwealth, and Duke... those are some of the important ones. I've already visited Miami, Florida, NC State, USC, and Virginia Commonwealth.

"The college coaches all deal through coach Russell who is helping me with my recruitment. I don't think more have offered because they are still finding out about me. Alberta, Canada is way out west, and a lot of the eastern schools are just now finding out about me. They've heard about me but haven't watched me enough. I know down the road I'll have several more offers... hopefully before the summer."

One school Anderson is becoming more familiar with is NC State.

"With NC State I can go see them all the time," he stated. "We live five or ten minutes from State's campus so I can go to any of the home games I want. I think I've been to six or seven games already this year."

He recently attended the Wolfpack's game against Florida. The Gators won on a buzzer beater in overtime by Chandler Parsons.

"That was a crazy game," Anderson said. "I thought NC State made a good enough push to get them the win, but they couldn't pull it out. Florida was lucky to even be in the game, but State let Florida stay in it by missing free throws and then that kid who didn't make a shot the whole game ended up hitting a winner. "It was a tough, tough loss for Coach Lowe, and I felt bad for him. I know he took that loss hard. I did go back there and talk with some of the players and assistant coach [Larry Harris] before I left."

Anderson is in no hurry to make a decision. While he admits that one program might have the inside track, don't expect a commitment until the fall.

"I would give you a top three or a top four, but it tends to change every week or so," said Anderson. "Miami will always be in that top three. They've recruited me the hardest, and my uncle lives in Miami. He's sponsored me and helped me come down here so they'll always be in it.

"I'm going to choose a school with the best basketball program or Miami, but Miami's probably my leader right now. I'm not going to make an early decision, but it won't be super late either... probably November or December."


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