More than half an hour before most arrived for Saturday night’s Boo Williams AAU practice at in Hampton, Justin Anderson was drenched in sweat.
Anderson, a touted wing guard from Montrose Christian in Rockville, Md., and Boo teammate Josh Fortune, a guard at Kecoughtan High, were running through shooting drills designed by Kecoughtan coach Ivan Thomas.
Fortune has committed to Providence, and when he ended the session by making 12 consecutive 3-pointers, you could see why the Friars will welcome him in 2012.
Anderson, too, was set on a college destination – Maryland – until Terps coach Gary Williams retired unexpectedly this month. His recruitment reopened, Anderson visited the University of Virginia on Wednesday.
But other than confirming his trip to Charlottesville, Anderson, very politely mind you, offered little insight Saturday as to where he’ll enroll in 2012.
“Right now I’m just focusing on school,” he said. “I have exams next week.”
Does Anderson have a timetable?
“Not really,” he said. “We have a lot of time.”
Is Maryland still possible?
“We haven’t really talked about it or eliminated anyone,” Anderson said.
What about Virginia Tech? Hokies coach Seth Greenberg has hired Maryland assistant Rob Ehsan, who recruited Anderson for the Terps but was not retained by new coach Mark Turgeon.
“We’re just leaving the whole thing alone,” Anderson said, “because right now the most important thing is my exams at school and making sure I finish the year off strong.”
Certainly Ehsan will pitch Tech to Anderson, whose previous finalists were Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina. Has Anderson visited any schools other than U.Va. since Williams’ retirement?
“No,” he said. “That’s the only one.”
Virginia has two commitments for the 2012 class: center Mike Tobey from the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut, and forward Evan Nolte from Milton High in Georgia.
Virginia Tech’s sole 2012 pledge is forward Montrezl Harrell from North Edgecombe High in North Carolina.
One final note from Saturday's Boo practice: Among the many folks helping coach his team is former UVa standout and current Cavaliers radio analyst Cory Alexander.
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