Justin Anderson, UVA Men’s Basketball Recruit

Although the University of Virginia men’s basketball team has been plagued by injury and transfers this year, there is a shining spot headed to the Charlottesville program in the fall. His name: Justin Anderson (Montrose Christian HS). Standing at 6’7″, 220 lbs., Anderson had originally committed to the University of Maryland, prior to the departure of head coach Gary Williams. As a 4-star recruit, ranked 9th at his position of Small Forward, Anderson is known for his “off the charts athletic ability” (ESPN, Scouting Report 5/26/11), averaging 17.2 ppg/8 rpg for the 2011-12 season. Here’s a little taste of what will hit John Paul Jones arena come the 2012-13 season. And I have to ask: when, in recent memory (or any memory), has UVA had a player of this caliber with that much explosiveness driving to the hole?:

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2 replies on “Justin Anderson, UVA Men’s Basketball Recruit”

This kid is going to be special. Even though it might not be until his second year we see UVA really competing again in the ACC (We have no bigs!), come 2013-14, we’re going to be knocking at UNC and Duke’s door. Here’s hoping Mike Tobey progresses nicely too. We’ll need his size if we’re going to throw any punches in the ACC. P.S. James Johnson is a quitter. Way to let you team down buddy.

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