Thursday, March 3, 2011
Orange County: Anderson is heading to San Diego
By Sean Ceglinsky
Those who follow boys' basketball somewhat closely in the Southland have seen their share of quality point guard play over the course of this season.
Chris Anderson, for example, was one of the premier playmakers around and he proved as much time and time again for Anaheim Canyon. That said, it should not come as a major surprise to learn the 5-foot-7 senior recently gave San Diego a verbal commitment.
“San Diego is a great school, it's close to home, I just felt like it was a perfect fit for me,'' Anderson said. “I think I'm going to have the opportunity to excel there.''
Whether that happens, or not, remains to be seen.
He did, however, excel this season. That much is certain.
Anderson averaged 20.8 points, 7.6 assists, 7.5 rebounds and 3.1 steals per game for the Comanches (26-4 overall), who had their season end a bit prematurely with a seven-point loss to Fontana Summit in a Southern Section Division 2AA playoff quarterfinal a couple of short weeks ago.
Nevertheless, Anderson & Co. were ranked among ESPNLosAngeles.com's top 20 teams for a majority of the season and they were ranked in the top 10 at one point.
Division I coaches and scouts kept a watchful eye on Anderson during that span. UC Irvine and Pennsylvania offered scholarships and Pac-10 Conference schools such as Oregon State and Stanford were among the others who expressed varied levels of interest in Anderson, brother of UCLA's Jerime Anderson.
“Chris is going to be a stud in college, I think San Diego is lucky to pick him up,'' Canyon coach Nate Harrison said. “The recruiting process really gained steam for him in these last couple months. People considered him as one of the top point guards on the West Coast.''
The decision made by Anderson was expected, given the fact that fellow standout point guard Jordan Daniels from Etiwanda recently committed to Boston College.
Cezar Guerrero from Bellflower St. John Bosco is one of the few high-profile senior floor generals who has not made a decision about his future. Guerrero is expected to make a recruiting trip to Iowa this weekend.
When conversations take place about the top point guards in Southern California, Anderson's name is typically mentioned with Woodland Hills Taft's Spencer Dinwiddie (Colorado) and Los Angeles Price's and Askia Booker (Colorado). Corona Centennial's Michael Caffey (Long Beach State) and Long Beach Poly's Alexis Moore (USC) are in the mix as well.
“I proved that I can hold my own out here, and now, I'm looking forward to doing the same thing at San Diego,'' Anderson said. “I'm ready to showcase my talents.''
Sean Ceglinsky covers preps for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Follow him on Twitter.