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?
I like to think that I'm a versatile type of player that can play inside and out. I like to face up when I'm on the block and use my footwork as my advantage.
What can you tell me about your future BC teammates who are also from California? Have you played with or against any of them?
I consider Lonnie (Jackson) and Kyle (Caudill) some of my best friends through basketball because we played travel ball together on the same team our sophomore year. I took my visit (to BC) with Lonnie and we spent the whole weekend together and had a great time.
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?
When Lonnie and I took our visit up there, we walked down the (men's basketball) hallway and it had a lot of the big-time alumni basketball players that went to BC and to see that several of the players had come from California and see that we could follow in their footsteps made us kind of realize that, if other people had done it before, it shows that we can do it too. We can be successful at the school. It did kind of open our eyes to see the path that we can take.
I know Boston College is a very, very high academic school, and that's one of the things that my parents really liked about it. It's one of the top educational schools in the country.
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?
I like to help younger kids. Recently, I've given some speeches at local middle schools. I love to give back to my community. I've done camping trips with my school for younger students to build friendships with their classmates. I've done coaching with the local youth basketball league. I just like helping the younger generation grow up. That's what I like to do the most.
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 got to watch almost all of the games on ESPN. I either recorded it and watched it later, or I watched it live. I really enjoyed seeing how everyone played. It was apparent to me that they were still learning the system and the nuances of it. But I could see Coach Donahue and the coaching staff really working hard applying their system, and the players working to get used to the system. I could see the development process. I thought they got better as the season went along. It was really fun to watch. I can't wait to get up there. It's going to be good.
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.