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Posted at 07:40 PM ET, 03/17/2011

Justin Anderson talks about choosing Maryland

Justin Anderson still has a year of high school remaining, but the Montrose Christian junior forward is plenty accustomed to the recruiting wars. In fact, shortly after Anderson announced that he has accepted a scholarship offer to play for Maryland, he was asked how long he had been recruited by the Terrapins.

“Maryland started recruiting me since my first year on the AAU circuit, which was sixth grade,” Anderson said. “Ever since then, I’ve known about them, not to say they were always my favorite.”


Justin Anderson’s high-flying ability helped make him a sought-after recruit. (Doug Kapustin - FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)
After all, Anderson said with a smile, getting attention from college coaches doesn’t mean too much when you’re barely a teenager.

Maryland has been Anderson’s favorite for some time, though. He said that he talked with his family about his final three choices – also Virginia and North Carolina – but that Maryland clearly was the school he liked best.

“Maryland at the end of the day has much more to offer me,” Anderson said

Anderson, who averaged 14 points per game this season, said he plans to use the offseason to continue improving his shooting as well as his ability to get to the basket.

“There are lots of things I need to work on, even my jump shot and even attacking the basket – things people say I do well that I need to work on,” Anderson said. “One-dribble pullup. Two-dribble pullup. Attacking the basket. Staying low on defense.”

While committing so early allows Anderson to focus solely on schoolwork and basketball with less concern about his future, he said he is not ready yet to help recruit more players for the Terrapins.

“I’ve got one more year of high school, so I’ve got to act as a fourth recruiter for my high school team,” Anderson said. “We’re going to lose [three] key seniors this year, so we have to pick up some guards for next year.”

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