ABCD Update: CJ Anderson (from 7/15/03)

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CJ Anderson was one very impressive player during the Adidas Camp. At 6-5, 190 pounds, Anderson is a quick, slashing type of player who can really get to the basket and, more importantly, finish once he is there. He showed consistency throughout the week, earning a spot in the All-Star game on Friday.

According to the Cincinnati (OH) native, his first ever Adidas experience was a positive one.

“This is my first year here,” said Anderson. “I think I played pretty good. The past two summers I went to the Nike Camp, but I think this camp is a lot better. The competition is a lot better, and it just brings out the best in your potential. If you don’t come to play, you are going to get embarrassed so you have to play your best.”

With a reputation as a player who can get to the basket and finish well, Anderson was at the camp to prove he had more to his game. He wanted to prove that he could shoot and play defensive as well.

“When I came, I wanted to show people that I could shoot the jumper,” said Anderson. “I really didn’t shoot because I was able to get to the bucket. And on defense, I’ve been defending pretty good. A lot of people I talk to already know I can get to the bucket, so I wanted to show other aspects of my game.”

Most schools are recruiting Anderson to play the two-guard in college. His around-the-basket skills make him a dangerous and versatile threat from that position. He could be a very effective rebounder as a guard or small forward as well as a scorer.

Virginia Tech, Seton Hall, Miami (FL), Georgetown, and Pittsburgh have offered Anderson a scholarship. He does not have any favorites at this point, and does not know when he will make a decision.

“[Schools recruiting me the hardest are] Seton Hall, Virginia Tech, Kansas, Arkansas, Georgetown, Cincinnati, and Miami (FL),” said Anderson. “I really don’t have a time period when I’m trying to decide. Whenever I find the right situation, I’ll talk with my parents, make a decision and that’s when I would commit.”

The Hokies are right in the thick of things with the rest of those schools above. In fact, they have been recruiting Anderson heavily and he is returning the interest. Playing in the ACC is appealing to him as well.

“They are recruiting me heavy, and I have a lot of interest in Virginia Tech,” said Anderson.