In the span of a week, Loudoun County High School senior Michael Anderson cemented his college destination along with his spot in Raider basketball history.
After committing to continue his basketball career at Bard College Dec. 30, 2012, Anderson surpassed the 1,000-point milestone for his varsity career Jan. 4.
Anderson, also a standout defensive back on the football field, scored a game-high 31 points in a 61-46 home victory against Woodgrove to push his career scoring total to 1,001. He connected on seven 3-pointers - tying a program record - in the process.
“I am blown away by this. I am proud, excited and pumped for the rest of the year,” said Anderson, who surpassed 1,000 points in less than three varsity seasons.
“I have worked really hard the past four years to be a team player and a strong point guard. I don’t intend to be the leading scorer as I love to give assists, but if the need or opportunity is there, I take it versus letting the other team get the upper hand.”
Anderson noted that while several members of his extended family attended the game, his parents did not reveal to them that he was close to reaching 1,000 points to alleviate any added pressure.
“Having my whole extended family there was very exciting for me,” Anderson said. “After the game, everyone came back to my house. From there, I have just been amazed at all the tweets and posts online of congrats and well wishes. I am so incredibly amazed and thankful.”
Just five days earlier, Anderson secured his college basketball future at Bard, a Division III program in Red Hook, N.Y.
“Bard College first and foremost is a great academic institution,” he said. “My main goal has always been to play at a good academic school. When I went to visit, I was so impressed with the coaching staff. They were always honest with me and really showed an interest in me and my family. It is a rising program and I have a chance to come in and make an impact next year as a freshman.”
Anderson is also excited about playing with his friend, Alex Fabean-Scotch, at Bard College. The two have played AAU basketball together with Loudoun Triple Threat for the past five years. Fabean-Scotch is a senior at Georgetown Prep.
Loudoun County, coached by Mark Alexander, improved to 5-4 in Dulles District play and 9-4 overall with the win over Woodgrove. Anderson credits his teammates for helping him reach the milestone and is looking forward to the second half of the season.
“For me, the 1,000 points really just adds to our team as a whole ... making us a stronger force in the county. I thank my teammates for helping me reach this goal. Without them, I would not have been able to do it.”
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