Larry Anderson didn't want to play junior college basketball, so he opted for a post-graduate year at The Winchendon School in Massachusetts instead.
So far, it's paid off in a big way.
The 6-foot-5, 200-pound native of Fairmont, Calif. holds multiple scholarship offers and is receiving attention from a bevy of Division I powerhouses. Just as important, Anderson said he feels like he's also getting caught up academically.
"They wanted me to go to a (junior college) because of my grades," he said. "I pretty much said I didn't want to go J.C."
The result has been an extra year of high-level prep competition that's seen Anderson's recruiting stock take sharp rise.
"I averaged like 24 (points)…eight rebounds, four assists and like three steals (this season)," he said.
He also made an impressive showing at the National Prep Showcase last November, where he was the event's third-leading scorer.
Since then, he's received offers from Oregon State, Long Beach State, Xavier, Bradley and Wyoming, and he said "a lot" of other schools have been in contact with him, including USC, Cincinnati, Providence, UMass and "a couple more."
An offer from the Trojans could significantly impact his college choice, Anderson said, because it is close to his home in California. Otherwise, it's wide open.
"I'm just taking it slow," he said. "I'm not really sure yet."
In fact, his year in the Northeast seems to have leveled the recruiting playing field somewhat.
"At first I…wanted to stay on the West Coast, but now it's pretty much open," he said. "I'm not really worried about the weather now."
That's good news for Wyoming head coach Heath Schroyer, who will be looking to beef up his backcourt this offseason with guard Brad Jones graduating and guards Brandon Ewing and Sean Ogirri entering their final season of college basketball. The team's personnel depletion at the guard spot should open the door for newcomers to earn valuable playing time early in their careers—something Anderson wouldn't object to.
"I would love to be an impact player," he said. "But as long as I'm getting on the court…then I'll be alright."
Anderson plays forward for Winchendon but has the versatility to compete at the "one, two and three" positions next year—something that has made him an attractive prospect for the Cowboys of late.
"They (UW coaches) came out and watched me play, and I met most of the coaches," Anderson said. "I met the head coach, too. I told them I'm just taking it slow, seeing what everybody has to offer to me.
"Everybody seemed like they were pretty cool, pretty down to earth."
Anderson has earned a reputation for being a fierce competitor, and his versatility has been noted as a major strength by scouts.
"What impressed us the most about Anderson was his ability to play ‘big' around the basket," writes Scout.com National Recruiting Director Dave Telep. "A solid rebounder for his size, Anderson has a motor and works for what he can get."
To view Anderson's player page and read past articles written about the post-grad star, click here.
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