Hoops Recruiting: Anderson Wins State Title

Oklahoma State signee James Anderson finished off an outstanding high school career in spectacular fashion in leading his Junction City High School team to the Arkansas Class 2A state championship. The 6-6 Anderson was named the game's MVP after scoring 43 points in leading Junction City to a 68-35 victory over Jessieville on Thursday night in Hot Springs, Ark.

Anderson jumped on Jessieville from the opening tip, hitting five of his first six shots of the game - including a trio of three-pointers - and scoring the game's first 13 points, and the Dragons never looked back en route to the first basketball state championship in school history. The Dragons finish the season with a 32-3 record, and two of the three losses came in games that Anderson did not play.

Anderson, a McDonald's All-American, opened the game on a hot streak that helped his team jump out to a 13-0 lead. He scored on a jumper just 22 seconds into the game for the game's first points. A few moments later he drilled the first of his six three-pointers in the game.

He missed his next shot but grabbed the offensive rebound, but the Dragons failed to score on the possession. But Anderson's steal and layup make it 7-0 with 5:08 remaining on the clock. He followed that up with a pair of three-pointers in the next minute, and the score was 13-0 midway through the first quarter. Anderson would finish off the first quarter with two free throws, and the Dragons led 20-8 when the buzzer sounded.

Anderson finished 16-of-28 shooting, iincluding 6-of-12 from behind the arc. He was just 5-of-10 from the foul line, and contributed 11 rebounds (five on the offensive end of the court). He also had three steals and one assist while turning the ball over twice.

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