Published by CROWN staff on September 22, 2009
CROWN has learned that Braeden Anderson, from Foothills Composite School in Alberta, has taken his game down to North Carolina to play for the Christian Faith Center Academy. A 6’8 forward/centre, Braeden is looking forward to immersing himself in the strict basketball culture that his new prep school offers.
“I think it will be good to do nothing but eat, sleep and breathe basketball for the next two years and play against the best competition possible,” Braeden tells us. I’m expecting to take my school work more seriously, work extremely hard in the lab, and learn a ton from coach Ro.”
By Coach Ro, Braeden is referring to Grassroots Canada coach Ro Russell, who will also be coaching at the Academy this season. It was Coach Ro who recruited Braeden to play for the Academy, clearly seeing the vast potential the young man possesses.
Aside from his stellar play at Foothills Composite, Braeden also put his skills on display this past summer while running with the Calgary Elite AAU squad. He participated in numerous high-profile events, including The Sweet 16, Creme of the Crop, The Main Event, and The Summer Championships. He also made the Top 30 at the Dino Trigoni All-West Camp in LAX.
With all this on his resume, Braeden has already attracted the interest of many NCAA schools, including Nevada, Washington, San Diego, Montana, Montana State, Colgate and Pepperdine. But if things work out perfectly for Braeden, there’s one school he really has his sights set on.
“I want to go to UNC (North Carolina), because it’s always been a dream for me. So I’m going to do everything I can to achieve this goal of mine.”
Whether or not Roy Williams and the Tar Heels come knocking remains to be seen, but one thing is definitely clear: armed with solid skills and a great attitude, Braeden is positioning himself for great things down the road.
“I’m so excited to learn, and play at the highest level of basketball,” Braeden says. “It should be a great experience,” he adds. “I really think doing two years with Coach Ro in prep will really get me to my full potential.”