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Catching up with Top-30 junior Dylan Anderson

February 17, 2021

With the COVID-19 pandemic halting the high school seasons of athletes across America, that includes Top-30 junior Dylan Anderson. The 7-foot center out of Gilbert, Arizona, currently attends Perry High school, where he’s been able to find success and ultimately become a highly-rated blue-chip recruit.

Anderson’s school wasn’t able to play due to COVID-19 rules and regulations in the state. Last night, Anderson and Perry found themselves in a nice matchup. He would end up finishing the game with 24 points and helped lead them to a win over the very physical Mountain Pointe (AZ) squad.

The seven-footer has a silky smooth skillset. He’s got great size and length, can move on his feet, can score on all three levels including a nice stroke from behind the arc, and he’s also a very smart prospect and his basketball IQ and upside is through the roof.

Also, physically, Anderson was able to stay in the weight room as he wasn’t able to play due to his state’s COVID regulations. At the end of last season, Anderson was weighing in at 215-pounds but has since bolstered himself to 225-pounds which is more important than people understand as Anderson’s junior year is coming to a close.

It has led to the rise of his high-major recruitment. He’s reeled in tons of scholarship offers and is still drawing interest from some of the top dogs in college basketball. Anderson will be a highly prioritized big man all due to the fact that he has a polished skillset and is high on his academics off the floor. 

Duke had shown interest at one point. Kansas and North Carolina are amongst the blue blood programs that have extended an offer to Anderson. caught up with the Top-30 big man and he catches us onto speed about his current offers, his game, and his desire to get on some college campuses.

Which programs have extended your scholarship offers?

“My offers include Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Creighton, Colorado, Gonzaga, Kansas, Michigan, North Carolina.”

How important are academics in your recruiting process?

“Education is very important to me and my family. All the universities recruiting me have emphasized the importance of being a successful student-athlete and that is very important to myself and my family.”

How will you approach choosing a school?

“With impact and restrictions of Covid, it has been difficult to take official visits. The weekly texts, phone conversations, and zoom calls have been great but I am looking forward to actually being able to visit and meet the staff and team in person before making my final decision.”

How were you able to make the most of this odd off-season?

“I focused on physicality and working on my finishing around and above the rim. I also worked on my daily footwork and ball handling, attacking from the perimeter, etc. I’m also continuing to extend my range and shoot the three at a high-rate.”

Outside of regular gym work, who were you able to work with?

“I also had the amazing opportunity to gain some mentoring from former Arizona State alumni Eric Jacobson and current NBA player Mason Plumlee of the Detroit Pistons.”

How would you best describe your game/build?

“Versatile, stretch 4/5 who can run the floor, protect the rim,  and score at all 3 levels.”

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