In the second edition of Throwback Thursday, we will be taking a look at former Montrose Christian Justin Anderson.
The 6 foot 7 forward is a native of Montross, Virginia. Anderson played four years of basketball at Montrose Christian, the same school Kevin Durant went to. As a sophomore, Justin averaged 7.5 points per game but those numbers jumped his junior and senior year.
During his junior season, Anderson averaged 14 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 2.1 blocked shots and two steals per game. He helped Montrose win the ESPN National High School Invitational and tallied 14.3 points, 8.3 rebounds in three tournament games. In that same year, Justin received Second-team ESPN High School Underclass All-American and second team All-Met honors. He was also named Co-MVP of the 2011 of the Boost Mobile Elite 24 game.
Anderson’s senior year was no doubt his best season. He averaged 17.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.6 blocks per game. He guided his team to a 21-2 record and was named Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year. He was named to the first-team All-Mets by the Washington Post. Players like James Robinson (DeMatha), BeeJay Anya (DeMatha), Kris Jenkins (Gonzaga) and Patrick Holloway (Paul VI) were apart of that team.
Justin left high school recording more than 1,000 career points. One thing Justin will be known for back in high school was his ability to finish at the rim. Whenever someone looks at his highlights back in high school, there are constant plays where Anderson would dunk on the defender.
Justin was rated a four-star prospect, ranked the No. 2 player in Maryland and the No. 51 player in the nation by 247sports. Anderson had offers from Maryland, Oklahoma, and Virginia Tech before he signed a National Letter of Intent to the University of Virginia.
At Virginia, Justin averaged 8.9 points 3.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game. In the 2014-15 season, he was second in the team in scoring with 12.2 points a game. He registered a season high 21 points against VCU on December 6, 2014. Anderson was named to the All-ACC Second Team, and was a finalist for the Naismith Julius Erving award.
Justin was drafted to the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft. In his first season with Dallas he only averaged 3.8 points per game but he is getting much needed experience in this years NBA Playoffs.