Power forward Ron Anderson, signed a Grant-In-Aid today and will play for the USF Bulls, Head Coach Stan Heath announced today.
"I felt comfortable with the coaches and players during my visit," said Anderson. "They were very welcoming and made me feel like family from the first minute I stepped on campus. I honestly believe we're about to make history for our fans, alumni and the entire community of Tampa Bay. USF is on the rise in the BIG EAST and I am privileged and excited to be a part of it."
Anderson, a 6'8-245 pound forward is transferring from Kansas State, and after sitting out the 2009-10 season due to NCAA transfer rules will have two seasons of eligibility at USF.
In his two years playing for the Wildcats, Anderson averaged 4.3 points on 53.2 percent shooting with 4.5 rebounds. He played in 64 games with six starts, averaging 15.6 minutes per game.
"He is a skilled player with a high motor, toughness and a very high basketball IQ," said Heath. "The one year off will allow him to take his game to the next level. He is a hidden gem and I have no doubt he will have a major impact on our program."
During his sophomore season for the KState, Anderson averaged 5.2 points and 5.3 rebounds in 18.8 minutes per game off the bench. He also registered two 10-point, 10-rebound games, and led the team in rebounding nine times, including double-digit boards on four occasions. He also ranked in the top 20 in two Big 12 categories, including eighth in offensive rebounds and 19th in rebounding. He was one of only seven KSU players to hit the court in all 34 games.
As a freshman, he shot 54.8 percent, with a season-high 14 points against Wagner. He also came off the bench in the NCAA Tournament win against USC with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting, eight rebounds and two steals in 21 minutes.
Anderson, a two-year starter for The McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tenn., played on the D.C. Assault squad and was a teammate of Michael Beasley, who was also his teammate at K-State.
"I was aware of Ron in high school and at that time he was about 290 pounds," said Heath. "Today he weighs 245 thanks to a ton of hard work."
Anderson, from Upper Marlboro, Md., is the son of former NBA player Ron Anderson Sr., who scored 7,056 points in 10 seasons (1984-94) in the league.
Anderson joins center Jarrid Famous, forward Toarlyn Fitzpatrick and guards Mike Burwell Jr., Jordan Dumars and Shaun Noriega as part of the incoming class for the 2009-10 season. Also making his debut this fall will be point guard Anthony Crater, who transferred from Ohio State in December of 2008, and will be eligible to play Dec. 12, 2009.
6'8 forward Ron Anderson signs with Bulls
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