Braeden Anderson Commits to Kansas

A couple days after he expanded his list from three to five schools, Braeden Anderson has committed to the Kansas Jayhawks. Joe Dooley met with the Canadian Saturday night in his home. Bill Self, who was scheduled to come, ended up not going.

“I want to compete for championships and be on that big stage,” says Anderson. “I want to be around players that want to work to be better players, but also to compete for team goals and championships. If a coach tells me to go rebound, I’m going to go rebound. If he tells me to shoot the ball, I’ll shoot it. I just want to do whatever it takes to win.”

Anderson is a 6-foot-8 power forward and is similar to the Morris twins in how he can step out and drain a 15-18 footer.

Anderson’s list included Memphis, Arizona, Kentucky, Missouri and Kansas. Memphis and Missouri were the teams he added to his list earlier this week. Anderson originally committed to DePaul in November of 2010. However, he was released from his letter of intent.

Anderson is the third player to commit to Kansas for the 2011-2012 recruiting class. Ben McLemore committed last Sunday and Naadir Tharpe committed during the season.


Self that he was looking to add three to four more players at his final press conference of the season. Kansas still has two scholarship openings left (Mario Little, Brady Morningstar, Tyrel Reed, Morris twins).

What’s really interesting is that on his Facebook fan page, Anderson posted this at around 2-4 am on April 10th (the day he committed to Kansas):

Anderson is referring to DeAndre Daniels.

A class of Tharpe, McLemore, Anderson, Daniels, Stan Simpson and/or Otto Porter would be a top-5 recruiting class. It certainly would be one of the best big man classes Kansas has ever had.


“It’s about opportunity,” he explained. “And it’s one of those opportunities that you can’t pass up. I look at all the other opportunities at the other schools, and the opportunity I have at Kansas is so much bigger and so much better.”

“Even if I don’t play as a freshman,” he continued. “Just working out and getting better every day with Danny Manning.”

Self was informed of the decision this morning, and the Jayhawks’ head man was pumped.

“(Self) pretty much just said ‘That’s some of the best news I’ve heard all month,'” Anderson said. “He was really fired up. He talked to my mom and dad for about 20 minutes or half an hour. Everybody over here, and everybody over there is just really fired up.”

  • wildcat fan

    “A class of Tharpe, McLemore, Anderson, Daniels and/or Porter would be a top-5 recruiting class.”

    You cant be serious??? UK has 3 of the top 7 recruits in the country and 4 of the top 18 according to ESPN final 150 including overall #1 Anthony Davis, #3 Michael Gilchrist, #7 Marquis Teague, and #18 Kyle Wiltjer. All four are McDonalds All-Americans, all four are Jordan Brand Classic players, and all four played in the Nike Hoop Summit game last night. So with UK having the #1 point guard, #1 small forward, #1 power forward, and #5 power forward in the 2011 class…and who does KU have again?

    • Josh

      Hey wildcat fan, do you not understand what “top 5 class” means? It doesn’t mean “#1 recruiting class”, it means “in the TOP 5” Thus, UK can have all 10 of the top 10 recruits and KU could still potentially have the #2, #3, #4, #5, etc. class in the country. Not everything revolves around UK, even if you people think so. Daniels, McLemore, Tharpe, Anderson and Porter would definitely be a top 5 class.

    • paul

      Mildcat fan: what does KU have???? How about BS and DM. Need I say more.

    • KU62

      Liked the Big Rocks kid’s video posted on and thought, “Why not one more tab on my KUbball list?”

    • Trent Tytle

      wildcat fan- Is your opening sentence a question or a statement?

    • bayou_jayhawk

      wildcat fan…hey that’s great your coach can recruit so many elite players. No wonder he has won so many national titles. Oh wait, there must be a mistake. I don’t see his name on the list of national championship winning coaches. Well one can always hope, huh?

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