An 6-foot-9 eighth-grader may be the next big basketball player to hit the state’s high school scene.
Dylan Anderson, a 14-year-old Gilbert (Ariz.) San Tan Elementary School student, has received Division I college offers just in the past 10 days from Northern Arizona, Arizona State and Grand Canyon University.
Arizona is the only other Division I program in the state yet to offer.
But it’s only a matter of time, it appears, as Anderson’s game takes off, playing for Powerhouse Hoops, a top AAU club program in the Valley.
The last big man in Arizona to get this kind of early college attention was Marvin Bagley III in 2013. Bagley, the former Tempe Corona del Sol star, finished high school a year early this summer and will play at Duke this season.
What makes Anderson stand out?
“His ability to make the correct play,” Powerhouse Hoops coach John Ortega said. “He has a great court IQ. At 6-9, he passes really well and shoots the deep ball. He’s like a young Kristaps Porzingis.”
Anderson’s family has not decided on which high school Dylan will attend.
But the colleges already are starting to line up.
“Dylan is an extremely hard-working and humble kid,” Ortega said. “He plays the game the right way and is unbelievably coachable.
“What people need to understand is he’s still just a 14-year-old kid and he’s not defined by basketball. He’s a tremendous student and, off the court, a joy to be around.”