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Good Recruiting News: Justin Anderson Down to Three, Deciding Soon

You need some good news, right? Highly-touted 2012 prospect (and my hometown's own) Justin Anderson to the rescue:

2012 prospect Justin Anderson said he will decide between North Carolina, Maryland and Virginia soon. Said there is no specific date set.less than a minute ago via web


Commit coming soon! Where will I go? Lolless than a minute ago via TweetCaster


In case you have no idea what's going on, Borzello is reporting that Anderson's down to three - UNC, Maryland, and UVA - and will be committing soon. Anderson says the same.

Why is this good? Well, first off, he's committing soon, and early commitments are always good: either he's in the fold, or the staff doesn't have to waste time on him anymore. Secondly, UNC is on his list, while Duke and Texas aren't.

For the latter two schools: he's supposedly loved Texas ever since Kevin Durant was there. I remember him saying something like Texas was his favorite team growing up. Texas not being on the list means they probably didn't offer, which is very good news indeed. Same goes for Duke, which he also seemed partial to.

As for UNC: you might've heard that they just got a commitment from J.P. Tokoto, a highly-ranked wing. Going to the same place where a better (or at least as good) player at the same position just committed is a head-scratcher, so I'm thinking maybe he's not really considering UNC. Or, if nothing else, there's a serious handicap for them.

So it sounds like this might be a Maryland-UVA battle. And I have to like those odds.

Anderson isn't the godsend fix-everything type he appeared to be early in his recruitment. He's extraordinarily athletic, a great defender, one of the best dunkers in the country, and has unbelievable amounts of swag (in the good way). He's limited in his skills, handling, and mid-range shot, but he's a decent 3-pt shooter, a great defender, an electrifying athlete, and a seriously intimidating dude.

If Nick Faust turns out to be as good as we all hope he'll be and if Terrell Stoglin can progress, Anderson is the perfect 3 for that team. He doesn't need to be an amazing scorer; he just needs to be Derron Washington, the guy who was at VT a few years back. And that's probably his best comparison: a rich man's Derron Washington.

We'll monitor this pretty heavily; with recruiting, nothing is finished until it's finished, but for now things look pretty good. Oh, enough with words: let's get to the YouTubes.

(Oh, and he'd be the first Terrapin I've actually played against in pickup).