St. John’s senior guard Darian Anderson, left, committed to Fairleigh Dickinson this week (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post).

When Darian Anderson‘s alarm clock went off around 5 a.m. Wednesday morning, any temptation to hit the snooze button and go back to sleep disappeared among thoughts of what had transpired less than 24 hours earlier.

It was then that all of the hard work, including early-morning workouts with his St. John’s teammates, had paid off in the form of his commitment to the Fairleigh Dickinson basketball team. Anderson’s decision makes him the fifth Cadets senior to commit to a Division I program, joining forward Darian Bryant (George Washington), guard Tre Campbell (Georgetown), swingman Mike Morsell (Towson) and guard James Palmer (Miami).

“It’s very exciting to have us all committed,” Anderson said. “We’re all working hard and getting ready for a big senior season.”

Anderson’s commitment came following a official visit this past weekend to Fairleigh Dickinson. There at the Hackensack, N.J.-based campus, Anderson said he got a good feel for the school and how he would fit well within first-year Coach Greg Herenda’s offense.

“They told me to be ready to make an impact right when I get there,” Anderson said. “I think I bring lots of hard work and a good energy to the floor, and I’m looking forward to bringing those things to the table for them.”

At 6-foot-1, Anderson possesses a quick first step with shooting range that allows him to play both guard positions. Last year, he averaged 13.6 points per game to earn a spot on the all-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference first team for the second straight season.