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Six months remain until the Early Signing Period, but the University of Virginia vaulted to no. 5 in the ESPN.com Top 10 2012 class rankings after scoring a commitment from Montrose Christian (Rockville, MD) small forward Justin Anderson . The 6-5, 220-pound rising senior, known for his outstanding athletic ability, is considered a 5-star prospect and the no. 23 overall recruit in the nation by Rivals.com. ESPN.com ranks Anderson as a 4-star prospect, no. 53 in the nation. And Scout.com rates him a 4-star prospect, no. 44 overall. TheSabre.com trusted basketball guru CVilleHoops13 discusses the potential of UVa’s latest 2012 commitment in this “Breakdown.”
Justin Anderson – Photo by Steven Maikoski/USA Basketball
When you first see Anderson play it is impossible not to notice his athleticism, he has a great combo of leaping ability, speed and strength. He is also a fearless slasher and isn’t afraid to use that athleticism attacking the rim – if he gets the slightest opening he isn’t afraid to just put his head down and go. He rebounds well and I expect he’ll be able to make a difference as a rebounding guard very early in his career, particularly on the offensive glass.
The thing that gets me most excited about Anderson is the kind of defender he can be. He’s already a very strong defender and doesn’t get lazy at that end like a lot of guys who are overwhelming athletes at the high school level. I think he can be a lock down individual defender and can guard all three perimeter spots in my opinion. His athleticism also makes him a real shot blocking threat coming in help situations which is a real bonus from a guard.
He still has some things in his offensive game that I’d like to see him work on. He’s very left-hand dominant and isn’t going to break many guys down off the dribble. Adding some moves off the bounce and attacking the right side more would be a big plus.
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