Anderson To The Big East
Published by Gilbert Muako on November 8, 2010
Two years ago Braeden Anderson was a relatively unknown name, two years later the 6-foot-8 power forward from small-town Okotoks, Alberta is a hot pursuit amongst major NCAA schools such as UConn, Miami, Temple, Cincinnati, DePaul and VCU.
On Nov. 5, after a successful visit to DePaul University, Anderson pulled the trigger, giving the Blue Demons a verbal commitment.
Overall, it was the great job head coach Oliver Purnell had done with of one his former players, 23rd pick in the 2010 NBA Draft Trevor Booker, sealed the deal.
“DePaul is the best fit for a number of reasons, but what really got me excited was the style of play and what coach Purnell was able to do for Trevor Booker,” Anderson said. “They showed me the similarities between me and him, and how he was able to flourish in Purnell’s system.”
What also got Anderson excited was the location, plus national televised games that would give his loved-ones back home the opportunity to watch him play.
”I loved how DePaul is right in the middle of one of the largest sports media locations in the country, and how nearly every game is on national television,” he said. “That will give friends and family members a chance to see me play.”
The conference Anderson will be playing in was another determining factor.
“I want to be playing in the Big East, which is, in my opinion, the most competitive and highest level conference there is,” he said. “Playing against the best will only make me better.”
Anderson is pretty happy that all the hassle that comes with recruiting is finally behind him and feels he made the right move.
“I am truly happy for this recruiting process to be finally over,” he said. “It was pretty stressful, but I know I made the right decision.”