Trevor Anderson might have had an opportunity to sign with bigger schools, but the Stevens Point basketball star is confident he’s found a home after verbally committing to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay on Wednesday night.
Landing Anderson was a huge get for new Phoenix coach Linc Darner, who appeared to have him at the top of his wish list since being hired by UWGB in April.
The 6-foot-2 Anderson liked the thought of playing close to home, but he liked the idea of playing for Darner even more.
“Ever since those guys got the job over there, Coach Darner and his staff made me a priority,” said Anderson, who has been named Wisconsin Valley player of the year three times. “He got the job, and I think two days later he drove up to Point and watched me work out and offered me right away on the spot.
“He missed I think a total of three games this whole spring and summer, for AAU games. A couple games, they were four or five deep for their staff, just watching my game.”
Excited and proud to announce I have verbally committed to the University Of Green Bay!!! #PhearThePhoenix— Trevor Anderson (@TreMamBa15) August 27, 2015
Anderson averaged 23 points and 5.4 assists as a junior last season and led his team to the WIAA Division 1 state championship with a win over Germantown in a title game that he dominated.
Anderson scored 25 points on 8-for-13 shooting, including 3-for-6 from 3-point range. It came one game after he scored a game-high 20 points in a semifinal over West Allis.
He also broke the school’s all-time scoring record earlier in the season, which had stood since 1972.
Anderson could have decided to play out his senior year and have his options open up even wider. He said schools such as Butler, Wichita State, Xavier and Indiana indicated he might be able to earn a scholarship with a strong season, but he didn’t feel the need to wait.
“Yes, I was recruited by bigger schools and stuff, but at the end of the day I wasn’t maybe the guy at some of those schools,” Anderson said. “They kind of look at me as the guy. I just thought that was really cool. I can’t say enough good words about that staff, and I think we can do some big things in the future.”
Anderson visited Wisconsin on Monday and met with coach Bo Ryan. But a source said the team offered another guard a scholarship a day after meeting with Anderson, and that it turned Anderson off a bit.
Anderson only said he was excited about coming to Green Bay and that he is viewing getting the Phoenix back to the NCAA tournament after almost two decades as a challenge.
“I think I can bring leadership and just a mentality that we are not going to lose and we are not going to accept losing,” Anderson said. “As soon as I get on campus, I’m going to try to get everyone in the gym and just be a gym rat. Constantly in the gym working.
“I’ve been overlooked forever. Being a 6-2 guard, I get overlooked everywhere I go. I think they understand that and I want to come in with a chip on my shoulder.”
Per NCAA rules, Darner is not allowed to comment on potential recruits.
— svenci@pressgazette media.com and follow him on Twitter @scottvenci