Ryan Anderson Chosen by New Jersey Nets in First Round of NBA Draft
June 26, 2008
BERKELEY - Former Cal forward Ryan Anderson was selected with the 21st pick of the 2008 NBA Draft by the New Jersey Nets Thursday, becoming the highest Golden Bear draft choice since Shareef Abdur-Rahim was chosen third overall in 1996.
A first-team All-Pac-10 player in 2007-08, the 6-10, 240-pound Anderson led the conference with 21.1 ppg and ranked third in the league with 9.9 rpg. He declared for the draft after playing two seasons in Berkeley.
Anderson is the ninth first-round pick in school history and first since guard Ed Gray was taken No. 22 by Atlanta in 1997.
'One of the things that was a problem for us last year was scoring up front,' Nets general manager Kiki Vandewegh told ESPN. 'Ryan Anderson can shoot the basketball. We're very excited to have people of front who can put the ball in the basket.'
Anderson finished his two-year career with 1,236 points - most ever by a Cal sophomore and No. 16 on the school's all-time list. He had 697 points and 328 rebounds last year to become the first 600-300 player in school history. In addition, Anderson ranks sixth at Cal in three-point shooting (39.6%), third in free throw accuracy (81.4%) and ninth in three-pointers (122).
During the 2007-08 campaign, Anderson poured in 697 points, second only to Lamond Murray's 729 points in 1994 for most points in a season at Cal, while his 328 rebounds were the most for a Bear since Mark McNamara had 341 in 1982. In addition to first-team All-Pac-10 honors, Anderson was named a second-team All-American by The Sporting News. He reached double figures in scoring in every game, scoring at least 20 points 18 times and 30 or more on four occasions with a career-best 36 points at Nevada. His 64 three-pointers ties for No. 2 on Cal's season list. A two-time Pac-10 Player of the Week, Anderson was voted team Most Valuable Player at the end of the year.
As a freshman, Anderson led the Bears in both scoring (16.3 ppg) and rebounding (8.2 rpg), ranking fifth in the Pac-10 in both categories - the only player in the league to finish in the top five in each area. He set a school freshman record by grabbing 269 boards during the year, breaking the mark of 256 set by Leon Powe in 2004, and his 58 three-pointers were the second-highest Cal freshman total ever. He reached double figures in scoring 30 times in 33 games and was named to the all-tournament team at the Pac-10 Tournament after he averaged 20.7 ppg and 11.7 rpg in three games.
Anderson played high school basketball at Oak Ridge High School in El Dorado Hills, Calif., where he was third-leading high school scorer in the state of California as a senior in 2005-06, pouring in 28.9 ppg.