After weeks of speculation that he was going to do so, on April 13th, Justin Anderson officially declared to enter the NBA Draft. A current third-year, Anderson has had quite the impact on the recent successes of the Virginia basketball program. "Simba," as many like to call him, brought energy and his own flair to every game. Anyone who has watched Anderson play (while healthy) has seen his skills and many intangible qualities on the court which will no doubt serve him well in the NBA.
Hailing from Montross, VA, Anderson played high school basketball all four years at Montrose Christian High School (where Kevin Durant and Greivis Vasquez also played). Originally, Anderson committed to attend the University of Maryland but switched to Virginia when Maryland head coach Gary Williams announced his retirement. Anderson went on to play in 35 games, starting 17 of them, during his first year at U.Va.
During his second year, Anderson averaged 7.8 points in 21.5 minutes per game and was named ACC Sixth Man of Year by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. This past year, in many ways, was Anderson's breakout year. His 3-point shot percentage increased dramatically from 29.4% in the 2013-14 season to 45.2%. Sadly, a finger fracture and an appendectomy cost him eight games. Despite the setback, Sports Illustrated has Simba going at #27 to the Lakers. Good luck Justin!