July Brings New Offers for Anderson

One guy who really boosted his stock in the first half of July is Castro Valley (Calif.) High's Juan Anderson. He talked to us about the schools that are recruiting him...

The adidas Invitational in Indianapolis produced a number of breakout performances during the first evaluation period.

Among the more promising prospects at the event was Castro Valley (Calif.) High standout Juan Anderson. An under-the-radar wing, Anderson, who played for the Oakland Rebels, played the part of a high major wing.

"I came out with a chip on my shoulder," Anderson told Scout.com. "It was either I'm going to do this or I'm not going to do this. There was no in between. I came out and tried to play the best I could and just be competitive."

Although the Oakland Rebels got bounced from the event in early bracket play, Anderson was able to leave his mark. Then he continued his strong play on the west coast during the rest of the period.

"I feel like with my potential the sky is the limit," Anderson said. "There's always things you can do better, but I won't complain about how I played."

"I'm maturing a lot," he said about his game. "I used to have lapses in my game and I still have a few lapses. That's just normal for a high school player, but I'm starting to eliminate more of those lapses as time goes on."

Since the first evaluation period ended, Anderson's recruitment has changed.

"It's crazy," the 6-foot-6, 180-pound prospect said. "I've gotten a lot more calls and I've gotten a few more offers."

Prior to July, Pepperdine, San Jose State, Murray State, Western Kentucky, Weber State, Portland, San Francisco, UC Davis, Santa Barbara, Northern Colorado and Utah State had all offered.

Now he's added scholarship offers from Oklahoma State, California, Arizona State, San Diego and San Diego State, with interest from Vanderbilt, Marquette, Clemson, Colorado and UNLV.

"It's still really early," Anderson said of his recruitment. "I'm considering everybody at this point. I'm just trying to find the best fit for me. I don't want to rush any decision."

When asked about upcoming visits, Anderson cited one PAC-10 program as a school he is planning to visit.

"I want to visit Arizona State. I don't know what my five is going to be, but I know I want to visit Arizona State."

Editor's Note: UCLA is scouting Anderson in Las Vegas this week.


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