One of the top 2014 sleeper prospects in the state this high school season was 5 senior forward Parker Anderson. Anderson was one of the better unsigned recruiting targets in Arizona’s loaded 2014 class, and is now officially off the recruiting board after signing a national letter of intent with a nice division-II program located in Minnesota.
After mulling over his recruiting options for some time, Anderson has decided to sign a national letter of intent with Minnesota State University-Moorhead and head coach Chad Walthall and his coaching staff.
Anderson considered many options during his senior season, as many schools considered the athletically gifted shooting guard/forward. Anderson also took an unofficial recruiting visit to North Dakota State University during the high school season. The program expressed serious interest in recruiting Anderson. Anderson also received strong interest from other college programs such as Texas Pan-America, Air Force, South Carolina Upstate, Colorado Mesa University, Southeastern Oklahoma, Chadron State, Dominican University and Minnesota-Duluth.
After bursting on to the recruiting scene last spring and summer on the AAU/club circuit, Anderson had his best high school season to date as a senior – leading the Queen Creek program to a 20-9 overall record this past season, the school’s best season under head coach Troy Gibson. Anderson averaged a team-leading 14.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per/game this season, and led his team to a nice showing in this year's Division-II state playoffs.
Anderson emerged last spring and summer while playing for the Arizona Magic club program - proving that he was a serious athletic talent with an ability to play well above the rim. While competing on the club circuit, Anderson showed glimpses of a player that had the potential to play college basketball at some level. It quickly became apparent that he was worthy of serious division-I level college recruitment, and would definitely be an excellent prospect for a stronger division-II program.
Congratulations to Anderson and his family on this tremendous accomplishment - receiving a college scholarship.
Arizona Hoop Review Scouting Report: Anderson has very good toughness and a high level of confidence. He has a nice lengthy body with a very good motor and also possesses deceiving athleticism, which allows him to make plays in transition and while slashing to the basket. Anderson has now shown a nice ability to score and shoot the basketball with excellent range on his shot. He has a wide variety of offensive moves, and an ability to make plays off the dribble. He is an active rebounder on both ends of the floor, and competes hard on the defensive end. As he becomes more disciplined in his overall approach to the game, he will see major improvement in his overall attack on the basketball court. Anderson’s best attribute is his tremendous length of body and athleticism, which allows him to make highlight plays at any point in the basketball game- capable of throwing it down on a defender whenever he attacks the rim. Anderson has the physical tools to become an excellent player over time, as he possesses tremendous upside and a high ceiling. His intangibles are glaring – toughness, confidence and a high motor. This young man is definitely one to watch for the future, as he seems to get better each time I see him play. As he adds more size and physical strength to his body, look out.