Eric Anderson‘s No. 1 requirement when he started getting recruited never changed.
No matter what, The Haverford School senior forward wanted to make sure he was getting a good academic school. Basketball was a big deal, but Anderson wanted to make sure he was setting himself up for a career after his playing one was over.
Safe to say Anderson did that when he whittled down his list to Ivy League schools Yale and Penn, but when it got to that point, he had to really dig down and think about it.
“I thought about it for about a week,” Anderson said. “I knew it was a really big decision, but I just liked everything that Yale had to offer, so when I knew Yale was the place, I just called coach (James) Jones and committed.”
Anderson’s verbal was first reported by Josh Verlin at CityofBasketballLove.com.
It took Anderson a little while to finally settle on Yale, but once he sat back and took in all of the facts, playing for the Bulldogs seemed like a no-brainer. Jones’ connections network wasn’t lost on Anderson, either.
“Coach Jones has been there for 15 years,” Anderson said. “The connections that he has overseas with alumni really stood out to me.”
Anderson is 6-7, 205 pounds and projects to be one of the most versatile players in Delco this year. He averaged 11.3 points and nearly eight rebounds per game for the Fords last year and will pair with All-Delco point guard Shawn Alston and forward Sean Lloyd, both juniors, to form one of the best trios in the area. Anderson led Haverford with 34 3-pointers a year ago and he’s a mismatch anywhere on the court.
Anderson provides coach Henry Fairfax with a versatile presence that can line up at the 3, 4, or perhaps even the 5 in a certain personnel grouping. When he gets to New Haven, his role probably won’t change a ton.
“Yale sees me as a stretch 4,” Anderson said. “Coach Jones sees me as playing early in my career, which is nice. As long as I’m on the floor, it doesn’t really matter.”
Anderson, who plays AAU for the Jersey Shore Warriors, worked hard this summer to improve on being able to guard any position, his ballhandling and being a more consistent shooter. His development is part of the reason why expectations are through the roof for the Fords this year.
Alston, Anderson and Lloyd are the headliners, but Derek Mountain is also a proven contributor and transfers Lamar Stevens (Abington Friends) and Lukas Rosenbohm (Germany) give the Fords a big boost. They’ll be the Inter-Ac favorites, a claim that Haverford is pushing aside … for now.
“We’ve got some new kids and we’re really excited about this year and I know everybody in the school is, too,” Anderson said. “The future is really bright for the program, but (Fairfax) is just trying to keep us focused. Our destiny is in our hands. We don’t really look at it as being the hunted or anything, though.”
Maybe not, but the new Yale commit and his running mates will be. Anderson is the second Delco 2014 verbal.
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