Posted on: September 19, 2011 4:14 pm
Edited on: September 19, 2011 4:15 pm
By Jeff Goodman
Braeden Anderson has a new philosophy in the wake of being ruled a "partial qualifier" by the NCAA.
"For the right situation, I'll find a way to pay this year," the 6-foot-8 Canadian, who wasn't cleared to attend Kansas by the NCAA last week, told CBSSports.com on Monday.
"I've had time to look into the situation and I just want to play big-time college basketball," he added.
Anderson said he's been told by school compliance officials that they feel as though he'd have a "good chance" of winning an appeal. However, he can't remain at Kansas after being informed that he cannot play in the Big 12 since the league didn't clear him as a partial.
Anderson has researched numerous avenues - prep school, junior college and also going to a school that would be able to scholarship "partial qualifiers".
Anderson said he scored a 1450 on the SAT, but classes at a prep school down in North Carolina were called into question by the NCAA.
"My dream is to play at a big-time school like Kansas," Anderson said. "And I'll do whatever I can to achieve it."
Posted on: September 16, 2011 6:23 pm
Edited on: September 16, 2011 6:33 pm
By Jeff Goodman
Kansas freshman Braeden Anderson is beyond frustrated.
Anderson, one of three Jayhawks who hasn't been cleared to play by the NCAA, told CBSSports.com that he was informed on Friday that he won't be accepted by the Big 12 as a partial qualifier.
"I've had better days," Anderson said. "The NCAA cleared me to be a partial qualifier, but the Big 12 doesn't allow partials to be on scholarship."
The 6-foot-8 Anderson, who grew up in Alberta, Canada, said he was advised by his summer coach, Ro Russell, to attend Christian Faith in North Carolina and re-do his junior year, not knowing the implications.
"That was technically my fourth year of high school by NCAA standards," Anderson said. ``My mother paid a lot of money to go there and we thought everything would be fine. That's what he told us."
Anderson then transferred to Wilbraham and Monson Academy, a prep school in Massachusetts with a strong academic reputation where he spent all of last season. He said he earned all A's and B's, but it didn't matter because he had already completed four years of high school.
"So the NCAA didn't count anything I did last year," Anderson said.
Anderson is one of six siblings who was raised by a stay-at-home mother. He said he doesn't have the financial means to pay his own way at Kansas.
"I'm not sure what I'm going to do now," Anderson said. "My dream was to play at Kansas."
Anderson said he attended summer school at Kansas at part of a bridge program and received a pair of A's, even scoring high enough on an exam that allowed him to test out of certain freshman classes. He also scored a 1450 on the SAT.
"Basketball was my ticket, my future," Anderson said. "It's the only way I can afford to go to college."
Posted on: September 9, 2011 2:20 pm
Edited on: September 9, 2011 2:28 pm
By Jeff Goodman
Kevin Ware wasn't the only one who was awaiting his fate.
Louisville's freshman failed to meet NCAA initial eligibility requirements. The school received the news on Friday and Ware, a 6-foot-4 wing from Georgia, will attempt to become eligible for the spring semester.
CBSSports.com has learned that there are several other high-profile players who are still making their way through the NCAA clearinghouse due to academic concerns:
- Kansas freshmen Ben McLemore, Jamari Taylor and Braeden Anderson
- Arizona State's prized point guard Jahii Carson
- Ohio State's LaQuinton Ross
- St. John's frosh Amir Garrett and Norvel Pelle
- Maryland late signee, Ukraine native Olexiy Len
- DePaul's Macari Brooks
Bill Self told reporters on Thursday that Ben McLemore, Jamari Taylor and Braeden Anderson - three of his freshmen - have not been cleared to play. McLemore and Taylor are allowed to attend class while Anderson isn't on campus.
McLemore and Taylor both attended three schools while Anderson, according to sources, is being scrutinized for non-traditional classwork in which he was home-schooled.
Seven of Steve Lavin's nine freshmen have been cleared, but according to sources, he's still waiting for the NCAA to clear Garrett and Pelle. Both players are Top 100 players and finished summer school last week.
Carson, a consensus Top 50 recruit nationally, was a huge coup for Herb Sendek and the Sun Devils and is expected to run the team from day one in Tempe. Carson attended Mountain Pointe and Mesa High in Arizona and has yet to be cleared by the NCAA.
Another player whose status is unclear is that of Ross, another Top 50 player. The Ohio State freshman spent his first two seasons of high school in his home-state of Mississippi before transferring to Life Center in New Jersey for his junior and senior campaign.
Len is a 7-foot-1 Ukrainian who is being researched by the NCAA, according to sources, due to his background overseas.
Two more players in Scout.com's Top 100 didn't qualify: Chris Jones, who signed with Bruce Pearl's staff at Tennessee, is playing for former Vols assistant Steve Forbes in the junior college ranks at Northwest Florida State while Central Florida signee Michael Chandler is headed to prep school.
Brooks, a Chicago native who is a piece of Oliver Purnell's class that he is hopeful will help him rebuild the program, also attended multiple schools - including an alternative high school.
Notre Dame freshman Eric Katenda, who suffered a serious eye injury, still has not been cleared. However, Katenda is in no rush since the plan - according to a source - is for him to enroll for the second semester.
Posted on: April 10, 2011 2:41 pm
Edited on: April 24, 2011 2:41 pm
Posted by Jeff Borzello
HAMPTON, Va. -- With Marcus and Markieff Morris leaving for the NBA draft, Kansas desperately needed frontcourt help for next season.
On Sunday, the Jayhawks helped shore up the forward position by getting a commitment from senior Braeden Anderson.
“Just made a gut decision,” Anderson said in a text message. “It felt right, man.”
Kentucky and Arizona were also involved down the stretch. As recently as a week ago, Anderson told CBSSports.com he was considering a commitment to Kentucky.
Things clearly changed.
“It was a tough choice,” he said. “But KU is a better fit.”
The 6-foot-8 forward is a Canadian native that attends Wilbraham and Monson (Mass.). He committed to DePaul in the fall before reconsidering and opening up his recruitment in January.
Citing Danny Manning and the tradition of the Jayhawks as the main reasons he chose Kansas, Anderson is ready to make an impact in the Big 12.
Anderson is active offensively; he can score around the basket off of post moves, or step out and knock down perimeter jumpers from just inside the arc. He should be effective in the Jayhawks’ high-post offense.
Said Anderson: “I just can’t wait to get to Kansas and get to work.”