Boston College transfer Ryan Anderson commits to Arizona

  • 05/08/2014 11:41 pm in

Boston College transfer Ryan Anderson committed to Arizona on an official visit to Tucson on Thursday night, according to his Twitter account.

“Blessed to say that I’ve committed to Arizona,” Anderson said on Twitter.

The 6-foot-9, 216 pound forward, who averaged 14.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game as a junior, has one year of eligibility remaining, but is expected to sit out the 2014-2015 season and play his final year in 2015-2016.

He also considered Iowa State, where he took an official visit, and Indiana. His scheduled official visit to Bloomington, which was set to begin on May 5, didn’t happen because of what Anderson said was a conflict with final exams.

“It was bad timing for me and the people close to me because I have finals this week,” Anderson told Inside the Hall earlier this week. “Coach (Tom) Crean wants me to focus these next couple of days then I’ll figure out a date afterwards.”

Anderson recently underwent shoulder surgery and is expected to miss four to six months.

Indiana has five players, highlighted by guards James Blackmon Jr. and Robert Johnson, in its 2014 recruiting class.

(Photo credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)

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  • Ole Man

    Do we need more wings? Which is what Anderson was, btw.
    And do you know CTC to not use a scholarship?

  • Ole Man

    Not just UK’s system.

  • ForeverIU

    Well I bet his sky-hook sucks too. But there’s the off-season, and I think he will continue to improve. Why should we assume not? I’m not sure I understand what you mean by he “can barely stay on his feet.”

  • Ole Man

    Cal, that’s the most convoluted, pretzel “logic” that you have posted in quite some time! LOL.
    You simply cannot draw your conclusions from what you stated. It does not compute!

  • MillaRed

    Hanner has very bad footwork. Very awkward when he is trying to make a move. Did I mention Jeff Howard got his minutes?

    I have high hopes too Forever. But I stand behind what I have seen the last two years. He had every opportunity to help last season and Coach went elsewhere.

  • ForeverIU

    Computes perfectly for me Ole Man. It’s the most yummy pretzel I’ve had in a while. Now pretzels have taken the place of koolaid? LOL!

  • Ole Man

    Nah. Don’t confuse the two.
    Koolaid may help wash down the pretzels.

  • ForeverIU

    Good one.

  • calbert40

    I typed it slowly for you! 🙂 Actually, I got busy in the middle of typing it. Allow me to rephrase it slightly.

    Many are suggesting that Crean can’t recruit talented bigs mainly because he can’t coach them. When someone disagrees with that statement by pointing towards Cody and/or Noah, then we are told that they succeeded due to their talent and in spite of the coaching.

    You can’t argue both points logically. If Crean can’t recruit talented bigs, then logic would say that if a big man succeeds at IU, it is due to coaching. If a big succeeds at IU, you can argue that Crean isn’t good at coaching them, but you can’t also say he can’t recruit talented bigs.

  • calbert40

    It does seem to be a recent issue. He’s struggled during this recruiting period, but I think there are some legitimate explanations for those struggles. Until he struggles in multiple recruiting periods, I’m unwilling to suggest he struggles overall with bigs.

    I do believe both Cody and Noah were destined for the NBA, and IU didn’t have much to do with that. However, I don’t know many people who would have suggested Cody as the #4 overall pick. Much of that credit goes to Cody, but some of it also goes to the coaching staff.

    I don’t know if he is in that elite level of big men coaches either. I just am having an issue with the number of people who are claiming that a) he can’t recruit bigs, and b) the bigs who succeed here succeed because they are talented. It can’t be both.

  • calbert40

    THESE. PRETZELS. ARE. MAKING. ME. THIRSTY!!

  • calbert40

    And that comment suggest that I post “pretzel logic” often, if this is the worst one I’ve posted “in quite some time.”

    I’m coming for you, Ole Man. That stings!

  • ForeverIU

    I’m glad you guys are spicing it up. ITH has been a bit slow lately. LOL.

  • MillaRed

    I think both are true actually. Right now the bigs are shunning the program. So peeps are going to jump on that bandwagon. But it’s still early. I wouldn’t bet against him either.

    We have nothing close to Cody and Hanner to use in this equation. All of our other bigs contributed nothing. Pritchard was an all-B1G FR and slowly deteriorated for three years. Maybe Hanner was way too over hyped by the recruiting services. He did improve. Let’s hope that continues.

    In general Calbert, I think it’s pretty well noted that there are concerns with CTC’s ability to coach kids up. I am skeptical to say the least. But we don’t need to go there. It’s been exhausted already.

  • calbert40

    I think the dribble drive can be more effective with more ball movement. All Wisky does in their swing offense is move the ball around the perimeter enough until they find a matchup they can exploit. Then they do a two man game with the post player and the guard.

    We can do the same thing. Move the ball early in the possession. Find the mismatch. Exploit it through the dribble drive, pick and roll, kick out, etc. We did this at times last year, but not nearly enough. We need to get better at this, and I think adding JBJ, RoJo, etc are going to help out with that.

    I don’t know that there is much difference between a 4 and 5 anymore. Noah played up top from time to time.

  • calbert40

    Sorry, Spera. Didn’t mean to depress you today. On the bright side, I think IU will be much better next season than this past season. Does that help?

  • calbert40

    Actually, that’s why I posted that original comment. It’s been a little boring. No one has called me a name yet, so I still have work to do!!

  • CreanFaithful

    Agreed. Used it as an example due to the fact that Randle is seen as a similar talent to Vonleh. He averaged 4 more points a game as noted earlier in the thread…

  • calbert40

    It isn’t true, because if it was, he wouldn’t have gotten players like Cody or Noah to sign LOIs with him. How many bigs does one need to recruit in order to be considered able recruit bigs?

    I think you are right on HMP. As much as I hate to say it, I think he was overrated coming out of HS. He is an incredibly gifted athlete, but something’s missing. Hopefully, he can find it. With TP, I think that was more the product of a change in his role. His freshman year, we were awful. Someone had to score and rebound, and he did both for us. As we started getting more talent, his role diminished. I don’t believe it was a case of his game regressing, or Crean being unable to coach him up. I just think he was filling a more natural role as a rotational player off the bench who can rebound and set screens.

    Actually, I’d say TP is a good example that Crean is able to coach kids up. He was able to help Pritch become an All-B1G performer as a freshman…on THAT team. Pretty surprising.

  • Outoftheloop

    If he had decided to go to Indiana, I would not have been excited. He seems like a very solid player, not great, with only 1 year to contribute. I personally see more value in Jeremiah and Tim, for next season and beyond.

  • ForeverIU

    Ha, cuz they know the kind of staying power you have. What would we do without you calbert?

  • calbert40

    Ha! Probably get along just fine, would be my guess!

  • Gregory Spera

    A little.

  • JFK

    Finals was made up excuse. If Anderson made that story up, he only did it to not embarrass Crean. The kid was ready to take the visit on May 5, but Coach C wanted Ryan’s high school coach to be with him because the coach had been with him on U of A and ISU visits. The high school coach couldn’t make it on May 5 so Coach C wanted him to reschedule because felt like not having HS coach with him on IU visit wouldn’t be fair. Big mistake, get the kid on campus no matter what! Anderson is the one making decision, not his HS coach!

  • Ole Man

    I understood what you were trying to say the first time 🙂

    Haven’t read too much about Crean not being able to recruit big men; and I have never said that.

    Secondly, your points of logic do not follow one another. I.E. “If Crean can’t recruit talented bigs, then logic would say that if a big man succeeds at IU, it is due to coaching.”

    Point A does not lead to natural deduction of point b.

  • Ole Man

    LOL, Cal.

  • Ole Man

    There’s a great song by that name from the 70s by a group name of Steely Dan.
    And I don’t think you do it often and didn’t say that. Please reread.
    I just think you’re stretchiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiing on this one.

  • Ole Man

    If I were a GM, I’d take Vonleh before Randle every time.

  • calbert40

    You haven’t said it, OM, but has been said quite a lot lately.

    We will just agree to disagree on the logic puzzle. People are saying Crean can’t recruit big men, because he’s a poor coach AND they are also saying that when a big man succeeds, it is because of his talent. If Crean can’t recruit big men, logic would dictate that we are getting everyone’s leftovers on post players; therefore, if they succeed, it is due to coaching instead of talent.

    I’m just saying it can’t be both things. People shouldn’t suggest he is poor at coaching up bigs, follow it up with a post about how word is getting out on how poor a coach he is, which is making bigs reluctant to come here, but then say that the bigs we have that play well do so in spite of coaching, because they are so talented.

    It just doesn’t work.

  • calbert40

    I’m messing with you. As Forever said, the posts were getting boring. Time to amp it up a pinch!

    I was never a big Steely Dan fan, but they are slightly before my time. I like Classic Rock, but I was too young to remember living through the era.

  • Ole Man

    Cal–I may be going out on a limb here, but I think he is no more than average when it comes to coaching big men. That said, he has recruited some and probably will continue that trend.
    The players he recruited were going to the NBA anyway, and here I speak of Cody and Noah. Did they improve while at IU? Incrementally. Was that player or coaching staff? To me it’s obvious that it would have to be both.
    However, the rap on Crean has been for years, even before he came to IU, that his offense did not utilize big men to their fullest.
    Here; take some koolaid to wash down that pretzel…LOL!

  • Ole Man

    Good times back then. A simpler, saner world.

  • Brian Goodman

    The way he announced it says it all about this new transfer recruiting system. Since when does a transfer say they’re “committing.”

  • skotchie

    That’s a good explanation of the situation.

  • skotchie

    At the time I actually felt like Pritch got recruited over and then left behind. After graduation I was hopeful he’d explore an opportunity in the NFL as a TE.

  • skotchie

    Here’s a ? How many games does the team come out of the shoot running the weave 2 maybe first 3 possessions then it goes away not to be seen until beginning of the next game?

  • Outoftheloop

    Milla, IU missed out on 1 Big for next season, and only 1!! Lee of Temple will play at OSU next season. Anderson and Thompson won’t play anywhere next season! That was it for the: ” we have missed out on the many bigs that could have helped us in the paint next season.” There never were “many”!

  • Outoftheloop

    The only Big we missed on this spring who could play 2014-15 was Lee of Temple, a very average 6’9 center for his old team!

  • Outoftheloop

    Milla, there were zero, I repeat zero, 5 star Bigs this spring except Myles Turner who was never interested in IU for the last 3 years!

  • Outoftheloop

    Exactly, Lee was an average center for Temple, not really good and certainly not great!

  • Outoftheloop

    Let’s see: AZ, UCLA, Oregon, Stanford, all in the NCAA. Does not sound weak to me!

  • Outoftheloop

    He got a very average 6’9 Center for 1 year, Lee, and a somewhat promising 7’0 Center for 3 years starting in 2015-16, Thompson. I would rather have no one but have the ability to say, ” come to IU, I see you like Cody Zeller, starter day one, top 5 NBA pick in 2 years” to 5 star Centers in the 2015 class!

  • Outoftheloop

    They have already pocketed the cash!