Dwaun Anderson Stays Local, Commits to Michigan State
by Alex Schwartz
Dwaun Anderson ’11 of Suttons Bay (MI) entered last summer as an unknown prospect from a remote part of Michigan. The 6’4, 190-pound shooting guard will enter the summer of 2010 as a future Michigan State Spartan. Anderson was on a visit to the Big Ten school today, received a scholarship offer, and committed to Tom Izzo and Co., in news that was broken by Northstar Basketball via Twitter.
“From all my visits and everything, I fit in with the program real good and I like the coaching staff and everything,” said Anderson on how he decided on MSU.
Anderson said that he has been to the East Lansing campus “four or five” times already, as it is only “three and hours” from his home.
Was the location a factor for the Great Lakes State standout? “Yeah, definitely because all my family can come watch me and everything.”
Asked who his other finalists were, Anderson replied, “Dayton kind of because they haven’t officially offered me yet, and then Central Michigan and Oakland.” He was also recruited by Utah (offer) and Michigan.
Anderson does not currently have a strong relationship with any of Spartan players or commits, he has met fellow 2011 pledge Brandan Kearney of Southeastern (MI). “We’ve met, but we don’t really talk and stuff,” Anderson said.
While Anderson is not all that familiar with the players, he does have good relationship with coach Mark Montgomery, who was the lead recruiter from MSU. “It’s good, we talk on the phone usually a couple times a week,” said high-flying junior.
In addition to knowing Montgomery, Anderson has also had the opportunity to speak with Tom Izzo on a few occasions. “Yes, I meet him every time I go down and he came out to the gym a couple weeks ago,” Anderson commented.
“Yeah, I grew up as a Michigan State fan. I’ve been wanting to go there,” said Anderson when asked if he had grown up dreaming of being a Spartan.
On what he brings to the table for MSU, Anderson said, “Hard work and hustle. I do what I can, get the most [that I can].”
With the recruiting process now behind him, Anderson will be able to concentrate on improving his game. “It feels good [to have it done with.] It takes a lot of pressure off me and I can focus now more on what I need to work on and everything,” Anderson said.
“Defense and outside shooting” are the two primary things that he feels he has to work on to prepare for the next level, while he lists “taking it to the basket” as the strongest point of his game.
Anderson’s team at Suttons Bay lost in the state championship to Melvindale, and he said that his squads “wants to get back to the state championship” this year. In addition, Anderson has some lofty personal goals for his high school season.
“To break the career points record [at my high school] and then [also win] player of the year, Mr. Basketball,” Anderson said.
Before the high school seasons comes around, Anderson will look to make some noise on the AAU circuit with Michigan Mustangs after playing with Team NJABC last summer.
Anderson’s fromer AAU coach with NJABC, Matt Pauls, thinks Anderson is capable of big things at the collegiate level. “I think Dwaun has incredible upside. He is a big, strong, and athletic Big Ten wing,” Pauls said.
As highly as Pauls things of Anderson on the hardwood, he is just as impressed with him off it. “He is a great person and will be a great addition off the court,” Pauls added.
Anderson began to breakout at the start of the 2009 July Live Evaluation period at Hoop Group Elite Camp. He displayed incredible leaping ability, providing a number of crowd-pleasing dunks, and was named an NBA East Underclassmen All-Star. In addition, some called him “the most exciting player in camp” that session.
In about 12 months, using Hoop Group Elite Camp as a springboard, Dwaun Anderson has gone from being an under-the-radar player with no scholarship offers to being committed to a program that has made the last two Final Fours. If that meteoric ascent is any indication, it will be sooner rather than later that Anderson is wowing Big Ten fans with his phenomenal athleticism.
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