Posted: 4:29 pm Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

West Boca Raton’s Anthony Anderson making a name in hoops recruiting circles 

By Jeff Greer

West Boca Raton wing Anthony Anderson, who will be a senior this year, has picked up major steam in college basketball recruiting circles this offseason. Anderson averaged 15.6 points, 9 rebounds and 5.1 assists a game as a junior at West Boca, garnering first-team recognition in The Palm Beach Post.

Neal Heller, who is helping the youngster with his recruiting, said one recruiting analyst told them that Anderson might be the second-best 2011 prospect in Florida behind Winter Park’s super-recruit Austin Rivers.

“Every time Anthony plays, he gets better,” Heller said.

At the Rivals 150 Camp this month in Atlanta, ESPN’s Mike LaPlante said Anderson, a 6-5, 192-pound wing who can play the point, was one of the bigger surprises of the event. Rivals.com wrote about the event and Anderson, too.

“(Anderson) may need to go the prep school or JUCO route” LaPlante wrote, “but he has a college-ready game and should be able to get in the rotation immediately and help a high-major program win.”

Heller agreed with LaPlante’s assessment, saying Anderson fell behind academically in ninth and 10th grade and is playing catchup. But along with his grades, Anderson’s game has improved dramatically.

Anderson has heard from Florida State, Miami, NC State, UAB and Western Kentucky the most, Heller said. Don’t expect Anderson to make any recruiting decisions until this spring’s signing period.

Basketball recruits can officially sign with programs during either the early-signing period (Nov. 10-17) or after the season (April 13-May 18).

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