February 23, 2010

MSU continues to evaluate Suttons Bay star

SUTTONS BAY - Dwaun Anderson's Michigan State recruitment may be in a bit of a holding pattern. So it's a good thing the 6-foot-3 Suttons Bay junior can stay airborne like few prospects in Michigan.

"Michigan State says they're waiting for how I play in the spring and to see me in the summer," Anderson said Friday after his Norseman team dispatched Maple City Glen Lake 65-42. "It's the same with Dayton (a team Anderson and his family saw beat Xavier a couple weeks ago), they want to see me play in the summer before they offer."

Even a casual observer of this Northwest Conference game could understand why big-time schools can only judge so much from what Anderson does against this level of competition. Then again, the game-opening alley-oop showed enough ability in that mere second to see why teams like Oakland, which had associated head coach Jeff Tungate in the stands, and Central Michigan have already targeted Anderson as a priority recruit and offered. Forget about whether it was against Class C Northern Michigan defense. Just a handful of Michigan high school players can make that kind of catch and two-handed finish against air. But that's just one play. In the whole of his ability and talent, no junior in Michigan, save maybe Saginaw's Tommie McCune (when he's on) can match Anderson's combination of smoothness, explosion, natural ability, inside power and outside touch.

Anderson had another big dunk and finished with 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting. He briefly showed much of his left-handed arsenal in the first quarter, going hard to the hoop, hitting the offensive glass (a point of emphasis per the MSU staff's recommendation) and breaking down the defense for mid-range pull-ups.

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