PROVO -- James Anderson, a 6-foot-10 center out of Page High School in Page, Ariz., has signed a national letter of intent to play for Steve Cleveland and the BYU Cougars.
"James is a skilled 6-10 post player who has the ability to go inside and out," BYU head coach Steve Cleveland said. "He is a very intelligent player. He will need to continue to develop his upper body strength."
Cougar fans likely won't see Anderson take the court for BYU until the 2008-09 season. Similar to BYU recruit Lee Cummard, who signed last November but decided for missionary service before being part of this year's BYU freshman class, Anderson turns 19 just before he graduates and has chosen to immediately serve a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After returning, Anderson plans to redshirt before displaying his low-post skills as a Cougar.
Known as a fierce shot-blocker, Anderson averaged 14 points, nine blocks and five rebounds per game in his junior season. Wyoming and Oregon State were among the team's to recruit Anderson prior to his decision to sign with BYU.
Anderson's father, Aaron, is his head coach at Page and is one of Arizona's most successful coaches. Anderson's father and his mother, Julie, are both BYU alumni.
"James is an outstanding man and an excellent student," said Cleveland.
Education is one of Anderson's top priorities shown by his 3.8 GPA. His life isn't solely devoted to basketball, as he enjoys hunting and fishing with his father.