Star 2012 small forward and former Maryland commitment Justin Anderson has switched his pledge over to a rival ACC school – the Virginia Cavaliers.
Anderson, a talented five-star wing from Montrose Christian, committed to the Terps about a month ago, but after the retirement of Gary Williams and the departure of Rob Ehsan to Virginia Tech, reconsidered his decision and will now play for Tony Bennett and co.
Some have questioned the choice of UVA, as their slow-tempoed style of play could hinder his athleticism, but the Cavaliers now have a marquee player to build their offense around and Anderson will be attending a top-caliber school.
For Maryland, it’s a big blow but not the end of the world. There are plenty of other options in the 2012 class (Shaquille Cleare immediately comes to mind), even at the same small forward slot. Jerami Grant and Arnaud Adala Moto are two guys around the same size as Anderson who have been ranked at around the same slots, and occasionally higher than, the Montrose Christian stud.
Mark Turgeon has talked recently about possibly adding a big man to the 2011 class, and he said all the right things – he has playing time to sell, but he’s not just going to give a scholarship to any guy. If there is a player that Turgeon feels can play on an ACC level inside, he’s got an opportunity to play early with the Terps. For now, the probable lineup of Stoglin-Faust-Mosley-Palsson-Padgett stands (I’d move Faust and Stoglin up and put Howard in over Mosley, myself, and arguments can be made for Berend Weijs and Mychal Parker) and the Terps have five open scholarship slots for 2012 (there’s a couple there 2011 if they choose to use any).
We wish Anderson the best of luck in his career with the Cavaliers – except when they’re playing the Terps, of course.