Boost Mobile Elite 24: Interviews (Part Two) September 30, 2011
[Read Full Article] Boost Mobile Elite 24: Scouting Reports (Part One) September 6, 2011 Matt Kamalsky
A player we've had an eye on since his freshman year at Montrose Christian, senior wing Justin Anderson (#60 Scout, #61 ESPN, #35 Rivals) made the most of the time he spent in Los Angeles, scoring 23 points en route to co-MVP honors and a win. A former Maryland commit who decommitted and then opted for Virginia last May, Anderson's current skill set is tailored perfectly to atmospheres like this one.
Often breaking down into a dunk contest as so many All-Star games typically do, the Boost Mobile Elite 24 offered little evidence to combat perceptions that Anderson is the most complete athlete in the 2012 class. Built like an NFL linebacker with an unusually strong upper-body for a player at this level, Anderson is an impressive athlete who has terrific speed and excellent leaping ability.
At this stage in his career, Anderson is able to make a considerable impact in transition and on the offensive glass thanks to those tools and a solid motor. Showing a solid first step and using his strength to his advantage, Anderson is a highlight waiting to happen every time he turns the corner. Right now, though, he's more adept at finishing the plays his teammates create for him. He gets a bit out of control at times when he's attacking the rim, but the positives of his assertiveness often outweigh the negatives in the high school game.
To tap his potential moving forward, Anderson will need to hone his perimeter shooting and ability to create his own shot. The addition of a reliable spot-up jumper to his arsenal would help him immensely as he prepares to make the jump to the ACC.
As we've noted on more than one occasion in the past, Anderson has incredible potential defensively. When he's dialed in, he has the quickness and strength to defend multiple positions and the ability to pull down rebounds at a high rate for a small forward. If he develops the right mentality, Anderson has the toughness to be an impact defender.
Heading into his final prep season, Anderson has seen his national ranking drop in recent years, as recruiting analysts have not seen the type of improvement skill-wise they may have hoped from him, but he may have the most college-ready body in high school hoops, which can't be taken for granted. Considering how he performed at the Boost Mobile Elite 24 game and scrimmages, the book on Anderson's long term potential looks far from being complete. [Read Full Article]
Initial High School Player Scouting Reports, Part One August 14, 2009 While obviously it's way too early to be talking about a player who just finished his freshman year of high school, it was tough not taking notice of the talent that Justin Anderson displays. Not only does the lefty bring great physical tools to the table, highlighted by a great frame, wingspan and athleticism, but he also looks to be a very smart, tough, active player with a pretty nice stroke. He competed non-stop, defended extremely well and also did a great job crashing the glass. Already ranked by ESPN as one of the top five players in the 2012 high school class, Anderson has quite a future ahead of him if he continues to work hard and doesn't let the hype go to his head. [Read Full Article] ESPN RISE National High School Invitational April 12, 2009 It's always tough to start making predictions about how extremely young players are going to pan out, but Montrose Christian freshman Justin Anderson (#1 ESPN) shows too much potential to not get a mention. Right off the bat, he does not look like a freshman physically, but more like a senior who is going to be playing at the high-major level somewhere next year. Anderson has good length and is freakishly athletic for a player his age. Offensively, he still has a ways to go and this is where he shows his age the most with his indecision at times. The lefty has the ability to make shots from the perimeter but his jumper is inconsistent at this point. He looks more comfortable going to the basket, something he was able to do on a few occasions, where he can elevate with anyone in the country. At this point though, Anderson primarily defers to the plethora of talented teammates he has playing with him, as a sophomore next year he will likely become a bigger part of the offense.
On defense is where the freshman really stood out. Anderson was charged with the responsibility of guarding Avery Bradley in his second game, and though the All-American was able to get his points, it wasn't easy. Anderson has excellent lateral quickness and a long wingspan, making him exceptionally difficult to beat off the dribble. He is an explosive leaper and showed so by blocking a pair of shots off the glass, several inches above the box. Its way too early to being to speculate how far Anderson is going to go with his basketball career, but the future certainly looks bright for the freshman from Virginia. [Read Full Article]
Flyin To The Hoop: Best of The Rest February 10, 2009 Hailed by many as the top freshman in the country, Justin Anderson clearly passed the look test on first glance. Standing a legit 6'5 and possessing downright freakish athleticism, he put on a show for fans with his warm-up dunk display. He is already very mature physically and possesses long arms, despite having the face of a 14 year old. The physical package that he offers is much more reminiscent of that of an NBA shooting guard, rather than a player who is just a year removed from middle school.
While the raw tools are certainly there, Anderson does not have the advanced skill set that former top prep guards O.J. Mayo or Tyreke Evans had at the same age. His offensive game is based on his athleticism, first step, and strength at this point. The Virginia native did a nice job of finishing in traffic with contact and was capable of handling the ball in the open court. His jumper was erratic, but displayed nice form and release. Anderson knocked down a couple of threes and pull-ups in his two games, though that was certainly not the strong suit of his game. His ball-handling is solid for a player so young, but will need to continue to improve (along with the rest of his game) if he hopes to reach his full potential.
There is a lot of potential for Anderson on the defensive end, given his physical gifts and his competitive nature. Again, he is still a far ways away from being a finished product on this end, but he appears to enjoy defending already and exerts good effort on this end.
It will be nearly half of a decade before we discuss Anderson as a NBA draft prospect, so we will let time tell the story on that. There is no question though that Anderson is one of the top talents of the class of 2012 at this point in time (along with J'Mychal Reese, Perry Ellis, and Zach Peters) and will be an interesting player to track over the next four years. [Read Full Article]