Justin Anderson led the Loyola Rams on the hardwood for the last couple years, their main scoring threat, it was likely he'd be headed to play college ball. When college coaches inquire about players, they ask the high school coach, which in this case was Justin's father Scott, who tried to remain un bias.
"It's really hard, because I think he's really good, but at the same time I know his faults, so I don't want them to ask certain questions because I don't want to lie, but at the same time I know he can play, so it wasn't real hard. I know he's a good kid and he went to a great school, so I know academically he'll be fine," says the former LSH head coach Scott Anderson.
Justin considered several options, from NAIA to a bigger school, which likely would have meant red-shirting and sitting on the bench for several years. Soon after he thought he had his mind made up, coaching changes occurred, meaning after school was out, he was still looking for a place to play.
We decided to go searching for schools, so we called up coaches and connections we knew trying to get tryouts and open gyms. Then I headed to Pasco, and I loved Columbia Basin, and I ended up falling in love with it, and I had to stay yes to it," says Justin Anderson.
So Columbia Basin it is. Going the junior college route means Justin will be able to gauge whether or not he's capable of playing at the NCAA level, or whether he may want to finish his career in the NAIA ranks, but either way, there's one skill on the basketball court that will keep him in the mix for whatever team he's on.
"He's probably put in a thousand hours since basketball has been over, and the kid can shoot lights out. I don't know if I've ever had a kid who can shoot that well, and that's not because he's my kid, he just flat shoots it well. Athletically he's right in the mix. But there are a lot better athletes, and he's finding that out so he's going to work. Shooting wise, he'll always have a chance to play," says Scott Anderson.
Justin spent the majority of his high school career playing point guard, and at Columbia Basin, they project him as a shooting guard, which will take some getting used to, but does have it's advantages.
"I still want to see if I can get up there and play some point guard, because I love playing point guard, but 2 guards get to run down the court and shoot a lot of 3's, so that'd be fun too,"says Justin.