Getting To Know ... Ryan Anderson
April 25, 2011
Ryan Anderson, a 6-foot-8-inch forward from Lakewood, Calif., is eager to get his college career started. He'll arrive on campus on June 23. In the meantime, he continues to work on his game.
Describe your game, your style of play. Can you assess your strengths and areas to work on?
What can you tell me about your future BC teammates who are also from California? Have you played with or against any of them?
Kyle now works out with me and some of my high-school teammates so I see him just about every day so we're trying to build a good connection with each other and it's kind of fun knowing that we'll be able to play with each other for the next four years.
BC has had some very good players from California in the last 10 years (Jared Dudley, Sean Marshall, Craig Smith). Did their success influence your decision at all?
What do you know about Boston College and the city of Boston? Are you looking forward to spending a few years on the East Coast?
I know that Boston is a great city. When I was there I could see that it had a lot to do, a lot of activity. I can just tell that it's just a great place to be at.
What other interests or hobbies do you have?
During my talk at the middle school, I talked to them about using basketball to set yourself up for the future. Basketball can be an outlet for you, somewhere where you can find happiness and joy. It's something that's fun to do but at the same time you have to use it to set up your future, to try to go to college and get a degree so you can support your family.
Did you get a chance to watch BC on TV this past year? What appealed to you about Coach Donahue's style of play?
I like the open style of play. You can put the ball on the floor, you can shoot, you can pass. Everybody's unselfish. The coaches don't really restrict you on when you need to be at all times. They kind of let you free flow and, if you can make plays, then they let you make plays.