BANNER ELK — Austin Anderson, a former starter at Division 1 Presbyterian College, has decided to come to Lees-McRae College to play his senior season.
“Austin is a battle-tested player and has been a starter for most of his career at PC. Austin is a long lefty point guard, so he brings size, experience and added depth to our team,” said head coach Steve Hardin.
The announcement was made Monday morning.
Anderson started 25 games and played 26 minutes per contest during his junior season competing in the Big South Conference. He shot 74-percent from the free throw line and averaged seven points, three rebounds and three assists per game. Anderson started 19 games as a sophomore and 10 as a freshman.
Presbyterian finished 10-22 overall and 6-12 in the Big South last season.
“I chose Lees-McRae College because the first time I talked to Coach (Daniel) Waln, he was able to provide a sense of comfort that later developed into a relationship, which is important between coach and player,” said Anderson. “I respect and love the program fire culture that Coach Hardin has built.
Coach Waln, an Ashe County High School graduate, has helped recruit some tremendous athletes to the Bobcat basketball program.
According to Coach Hardin, Anderson will be one of three seniors on the team.
“We are extremely deep this year and adding Austin just creates more havoc for our opponents,” said Hardin. “I am excited about Austin’s attitude and toughness. He is a great addition to the program and we are excited to welcome him into the Dunk Mountain family.”
The Bobcats will have some high expectations this season after setting a school record last year with 15 wins.
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