JUSTIN ANDERSON COMMITS TO VIRGINIA
Highly regarded 2012 SF officially switches commitment from Maryland to ACC rival Virginia
Virginia head coach Tony Bennett and his staff score a big victory on the recruiting trail over ACC rival Maryland with the commitment this morning of Justin Anderson. The 6-foot-5 small forward out of Montrose Christian in Rockville (MD) had originally made a verbal commitment to Gary Williams and Maryland but decided to reopen the process when Williams announced his retirement earlier this month.
“The Cavaliers were always my second choice behind Maryland,” said Anderson in a statement released by Montrose Christian this morning. “Also, my family lives in Virginia. After the departure of Coach [Gary] Williams and Coach [Robert] Ehsan it just feels like the right fit.”
During a junior campaign averaging 14 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 2 steals, and 2.1 blocks per game, Justin led his team to victory over six nationally ranked opponents, including a 63-37 rout of pre-season number one ranked Findlay Prep.
According to Montrose Head Coach Stu Vetter in the school’s statement, “Justin decided to revisit his options after Gary [Williams] retired. He has been heavily recruited since the 8th grade and it has been an exhausting and distracting process for a teenager. Although Mark Turgeon wanted to begin recruiting him, Justin and his family decided to conclude the process. We look forward to developing a relationship with the new coaching staff at the University of Maryland. We are very pleased that Justin will continue his education and basketball career at the University of Virginia. UVA is a tremendous institution and recent Montrose graduates Tunji Soroye and Doug Browman have had great experiences there as student-athletes.”
Anderson has demonstrated his versatility and all-around game on many occassions with NBE watching him in action, making an impact at both ends of the floor. He has the ability to grab an offensive rebound and finish with a follow-up dunk, finishing with authority. Anderson showed an ability to drive past defenders and get to the rim, as well as hit jumpers from the perimeter. The long, lefty swingman is extremely athletic and is active on the defensive end. He plays with a ton of energy, as well. He will be an excellent addition to the Virginia program in the Class of 2012.
Anderson joins 6-foot-10 Mike Tobey and 6-foot-8 Evan Nolte in Bennett’s 2012 recruiting class for Virginia, an impressive early start for the Cavaliers.
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