Ryan Anderson Makes Himself Eligible for NBA Draft
April 3, 2008
BERKELEY - Sophomore forward Ryan Anderson, a first-team All-Pac-10 selection who led the league in scoring this past season, announced Thursday that he has made himself eligible for the 2008 NBA Draft. He does not plan to sign with an agent, leaving him the option of returning to the Golden Bear program for his junior season.
Anderson averaged 21.1 ppg and 9.9 rpg for Cal in 2007-08, setting a school record for most points by a sophomore in one year with 697. The Bears' seventh conference scoring champion in the last 15 years, he also became the first Cal player to compile at least 600 points and 300 rebounds (328) in one season.
'I am excited to have the chance to see where I stand in the eyes of NBA scouts,' Anderson said. 'This is a great opportunity for me to get out there and get feedback on my game and see what I need to work on to improve myself as a player. I am still attending classes, so this will not affect my standing at Cal; I will use the information I gain from this experience to make a more educated decision on my basketball future.'
In addition to his All-Pac-10 honor, he was named a second-team All-American by The Sporting News and a third-team All-American by collegehoopsnet.com. He was chosen to all-district teams by the NABC and the USBWA and is a Wooden All-America team finalist.
Not only did Anderson's 697 points rate as the second-highest total in Cal history, but he also grabbed more rebounds (328) than any Bear since Mark McNamara had 341 in 1982. From the outside, he made 64 three-pointers, just four shy of the Cal record, and tied for second on the school's season list.
Through his two-year career, Anderson ranks 16th on Cal's all-time scoring list with 1,236 points - a school record for a sophomore - while he is ninth in three-pointers with 122, eighth in rebound average (9.0 rpg), sixth in three-point percentage (39.6%), fifth in scoring average (18.7 ppg) and third in free throw shooting (84.1%).
Anderson scored a career-high 36 points at Nevada on Nov. 28, 2007, one of four 30-point efforts during the year. He had 33 points at Washington, 32 vs. Arizona State and 30 against Arizona. Anderson set his personal best with 17 rebounds at Oregon State on Jan. 12, 2008, and matched the total at Washington Feb. 2.
Anderson is the third Cal player in the past three years to declare early for the NBA Draft. Forward Leon Powe announced his intentions after his sophomore year in 2006 and remained in the draft, where he was selected in the second round and is now in his second season with the Boston Celtics. Center DeVon Hardin declared in April 2007, but did not hire an agent and returned to Cal for his senior year.
Anderson has until June 16 to withdraw his name from draft consideration, should he choose to do so. Until then, he can work out for NBA teams at his own expense. The 2008 draft will be held June 26 in New York.