OSU's Anderson is versatile and draft spot fluid

June, 21, 2010
6/21/10
4:07
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Oklahoma State junior James Anderson is the perfect example of why so many feel that Thursday's draft is the "In the Eye of the Beholder" draft.

ESPN.com Insider Chad Ford projects the shooting guard to be selected 17th overall by the Chicago Bulls. Yet, DraftExpress.com, has Anderson falling all the way to Washington with the 30th overall pick.

At 6-foot-6, Anderson has excellent size for a shooting guard. He also made himself more than just a shooter in his senior season. He can get to the basket and did so a lot, attempting a team-high 258 free throws last season, the most among Big 12 players who ranked in the top 15 in freee throw percentage. Anderson ranked eighth at 81.0 percent.

His 22.3 scoring average led the conference, and he was one of the top rebounding guards at 5.8 a game. He shot 45.7 percent from the floor and 34.1 percent from beyond the 3-point line, numbers scouts believe can get better in the NBA.

"He is not just a shooter -- he's got good range and a quick release -- but he can put it down," NBA director of scouting Ryan Blake said. "He showed he has a handle, his quickness, he moves well without the ball and he runs the court and he works well on both ends and that's important. We look at his size and we think he's going to be a better shooter than what he showed this year. He still has some work to do. He's a rebounder and a lot of guards sometimes don't do that, but he's had that knack since he's been at Oklahoma State."

If Anderson were to go to the Bulls, he'd play with Derrick Rose. At Washington, he'd play with likely No. 1 pick John Wall. Either situation wouldn't seem such a bad way to go.

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