Former Boston College forward Ryan Anderson committed to the Arizona Wildcats tonight, after taking a recruiting visit to Tucson today.
Anderson chose the Wildcats over Iowa State, where he visited last week, and Indiana. Boston College was just 8-24 last season, after which coach Steve Donahue was fired, and Anderson opted to leave.
“Coming from BC, I wanted a chance to compete for a national championship and be a part of it,” Anderson told the Star tonight. “That’s the main thing, and their player development and history.”
Anderson, a 6-foot-8 forward, averaged 14.3 points and 7.3 rebounds as a junior last season while becoming an honorable mention all-ACC pick. He will sit out next season under NCAA transfer rules and have a final season of eligibility remaining in 2015-16.
The year off will allow Anderson to fully recover from recent arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder – he said he is expected to be fully healthy by September – and compete in practice next season against the likes of Brandon Ashley, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Kaleb Tarczewski.
“I’m excited about practice,” Anderson. “Hopefully I’ll be a part of it.”
Anderson is expected to step in right away in 2015-16 and have an impact, because the Wildcats could lose four players to the NBA draft next spring. Coming to UA also gets Anderson closer to his Lakewood, Calif., home, although he said the decision to attend Arizona wasn’t about geography.
“It really wasn’t about me being closer to home; it was just that Arizona was the best fit for me to try to win a national championship,” Anderson said. “I lost a lot of close games at BC and now I can be at the top of college basketball. Coach (Sean) Miller thinks I can be a key part of achieving their goals and hopefully I’ll be a part of their success.”
Anderson also tweeted the news out tonight.
Blessed to say that I've committed to Arizona!! BEARDOWN!!! 🐻🏀💯— Ryan Anderson (@_AndersonBC12) May 9, 2014