Now, as he calls it, he’s taking a leap of faith for a second chance to fulfill a lifelong dream.
After just one season with Green Bay, Anderson made a surprising announcement Wednesday that he was leaving the Phoenix program and transferring to Wisconsin.
The 6-2 Anderson will have to sit out the 2017-18 season, per N.C.A.A. transfer rules. He will have three seasons of eligibility remaining.
Anderson – the 2016 Wisconsin Mr. Basketball winner – started the first 20 games of the season for the Phoenix before missing the final 12 with a fracture back.
Anderson averaged 9.8 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 20 outings, scoring in double figures his first five games and had a career-high 23 points in a win over SIUE in December.
He scored 2,360 points during standout high school career, which is the eighth-most points in the history of Wisconsin high school basketball. Helping Stevens Point to a second straight division-1 state title, playing alongside Sam Hauser (Marquette) and current five-star 2018 prospect Joey Hauser, Anderson averaged 24.6 points, 4.4 assists, 64 percent shooting (FG), 87.6 percent shooting (FT) as a senior, also shot 55 percent from 3-point range (66-120).
It’s not known whether Anderson will be on scholarship or not.