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Josh Anderson, 6'5, 177, Shooting Guard, 18.7 years old, Madison Prep (LA) 2017
Class of 2017 guard Josh Anderson was one of the more versatile prospects at the Elite 24 event, finding many ways to impact the game from all over the floor. Anderson is built like a shooting guard at 6'5 with nearly a 6'9 wingspan, but he has some ball-handling abilities that are unique for a player his size. He showed in flashes that he could make plays out of the pick and roll, and also has the ability to take defenders off the bounce without a ball screen. He has some athletic ability to finish above the rim in space, but also showed that he can finish around the basket with either hand or with runners and floaters. He's dynamic in transition with the ability to grab a rebound and push the break or run the wings and finish around the basket.
His jump shot appears to be his biggest liability at this point, and it's a major flaw at the moment. The ball comes off his hand with awkward rotation and his mechanics are inconsistent, something he'll have to address immediately to reach his full potential in the long term.
Anderson's versatility translates to the defensive end of as well, where he has the length and athletic ability to guard multiple positions, and impact the game as an on ball defender. Anderson might not necessarily have the highlight reel game that would stand out in a setting like this, but his combo guard skills, natural feel for the game and ability to defend different positions make him an intriguing college prospect.