Story by Cassie Campise
Dylan Anderson, a four-star basketball recruit from Perry High School, announced his commitment to play at the University of Arizona this past Friday morning.
It is no coincidence Anderson committed two days after former Gonzaga assistant Tommy Lloyd became the new head coach of the Arizona Wildcats.
“Once coach got the job, I knew that was the place I wanted to go,” Anderson said.
After careful consideration of the many offers I was honored to receive, I am excited to announce I will be taking my Game to the next level at the University of Arizona to play for Coach Tommy Lloyd. #BearDown @APlayersProgram pic.twitter.com/kWilNgdb6U
— TheDylanAnderson (@bucketsallday45) April 16, 2021
The 7-foot center had many other offers, including all four in the state of Arizona and others like Gonzaga and Kansas, but ultimately it was an easy decision for Lloyd to move down south.
“I committed because I really like the campus and I feel like coach Lloyd has the best interest at heart for me,” Anderson said. “I felt like I could trust him enough to commit as early as I did.”
This past season as a junior, Anderson played a key role in Perry’s success with his ability to post up and shoot three-pointers from a wide range, but during the team’s playoff run, he had to sit out with a concussion.
“It was very hard watching my teammates playing without me,” Anderson said of the missed time. “I took off about five days because I had to.”
Anderson has one more year left with the Pumas. His senior year, he wants to continue to strengthen his ball handling skills, get stronger, and improve his overall game.
The No. 2 ranked player in the state, Anderson also wants to continue to do what he is best at – stretching the floor like no other.
He is already looking forward to playing at Arizona in 2022-2023 and experiencing the atmosphere of college basketball at the McKale Center. It’s a goal and a dream that he can’t wait to be apart of.
“Just the fans and the different types of feel for the game and being able to travel all over the country,” Anderson said of what he’s most excited about. “I’m very excited to take my game to the next level and play for coach Lloyd at the University of Arizona.”