"Thanks to all the coaches who came out and recruited me," Anderson said in the signing ceremony. "I had some hard choices. I went with the two that I felt comfortable with. It came down to Kansas and Oklahoma State. The one that I thought fit me the best was Oklahoma State."
The 6-foot-6, 190-pound forward picked Oklahoma OSU over Kansas, Arkansas and Florida – all schools he visited this fall. Anderson had narrowed his field to OSU and KU after making his last official visit to Stillwater with his mother the weekend of Oct. 21-22. The standout was joined that weekend by two other Cowboy prospects in Jai Lucas and Nick Sidorakis, and sat behind the OSU bench with those two during the Basketball Bash on Saturday afternoon that weekend.
Anderson averaged 32 points, 12 rebounds and three assists in leading Junction City to a 27-6 record and the Class 2A state quarterfinals last season. He was recognized as a junior as the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's Mr. Basketball for 2006.
"As far as basketball skills, James can do a little bit of all of it," Junction City head coach Joe Hammett says. "He plays the point for me when I need him to, he can shoot the three, he is able to drive the ball, and he's good enough to take you inside and score. He's a super passer on top of that. He could get 50 (points) a night, and he averaged 32, but he's the type of player that wants to give it up and include his teammates.
"He's the best basketball player I've coached in 20 years as a coach, but he's also the best person that I've had as a basketball player. He's a super person. He's a special kid."
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