Last week after posting articles on Ryan McIntyer and Taylor Farnsworth walking on with the Bobcat and Grizzly basketball program respectively, I realized that I have not had any updated information on Tor Anderson since he announced this July that he would be walking on with Bobcat men’s basketball program. So last week I contacted a few folks I know including one of my oldest friends who happens to live in Anderson’s home town of Minnetonka Minnesota to see what further information I could dig up on Mr. Anderson.
Just to bring everyone up to speed here is a little back ground on Tor Anderson. Anderson is a 6-3 200 pound combo guard who finished his career at Minnetonka high school last spring. Anderson played his freshman and sophomore year at Prior Lake a smaller high school in Minnesota. He averages 9 points a game as a freshman and 15 point a game his sophomore year. After his sophomore year he transferred to Minnetonka high school but, run afoul of the Minnesota high school transfer rule. As a result was not allowed to play at the varsity level, and instead played on Minnetonka’s JV team his junior year. He rejoined the varsity team for his senior year this year and averaged 13 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals a game, for a team that featured 5 double digit scorers.
Anderson started much of the season at point guard but ended up playing all three of the wing positions for Minnetonka. His ability to play the point allowed Minnetonka to play Tor, LaSalle signee Cole Stefan (20ppg) and 2011 D-1 prospect Nick Latzke 6-5 (13ppg) at the 1, 2, and three positions. Anderson is an outstanding perimeter shooter, but is an extremely versatile player on offence and one of the better defender in Minnesota last year.
The Bobcat coaches offered Anderson during his junior year. The Bobcats were looking to sign a couple high school guards for 2010, but when Shawn Reid and Chris McCall committed they had to pull their offer to Anderson. Still the coaches kept in touch with Anderson through out the 2009-10 and in the end Anderson liked what he saw in the Bobcats program and decided to walk-on.
I contacted to Michael Much and Ryan James who run Minnesotapreps.com and talked to them about Tor Anderson. Ryan James saw Anderson quote a few times this past year, and really went the extra mile in providing me with a detailed assessment of Anderson’s game.
Tor is a skilled combo guard who filled many roles at Minnetonka his senior season. Anderson has a sharp shooting stroke that allows him to equally as well catching on reversals and receiving to hit when coming off of screens. He’s also a decent ball handler which is why he spent some time running the point for the Skippers last season. Tor has a high court IQ so he makes the right pass more often than not and the offense ran efficiently with the ball in his hands. With that said, Tor is likely better off at the two positions in college for the most part. While he’s a decent athlete, Tor doesn’t have the quickness to play point regularly at the D1 level. He does fill the role as a sharp shooting off-guard. Defensively Anderson’s mechanics are good and he works hard. Tor is the type of strong position defender who could look down a shoot first wing whose shot is created within an offense as compared to off the bounce. Anderson doesn’t have elite level lateral quicks but he can hold his own working through screens against shooting specialists. Anderson isn’t a player you will have to worry about making to many mental defensive mistakes.
Again I have to than Mr. James for being so generous with his time.
Additionally NY2LAsports.com published the following assessment of Tor as he participated in the Desert Duel Day tournament this past July 28th 2010.
TOR ANDERSON – 6’3” – SG – 2010 – NET GAIN SPORTS (AAU club)
An unsigned qualifying senior, Anderson looks like a completely different player than when we last saw him as he is in exceptional shape, showed excellent athleticism and explosion, he scored on the blocks, he attacked the rim off the bounce, and he knocked down a number long range shots as well. A definite sleeper by most accounts, Anderson is a must see right now for any low to mid major programs in need of an athletic skilled off guard with the ability to score the basketball and bring energy to any team.
I have been told that Anderson has been spending the summer working out in Minnesota with U of Minnesota and pro athletes and has really taken his game up a notch. I was also told by one source Anderson performance at the Desert Duel Day was impressive enough that Air Force tried lure him away from the Bobcats with a scholarship offer. I can not verify this, nor am I sure the offer was not to attend their prep school either.
When discussing division -1 basketball walk-ons to D-1 team are typically viewed practice fodder for the scholarship players. Generally they are not much competition to the and to redshirt
Generally when people think of D-1 walk-ons they think of players who really pose very little threat to the scholarship players. Players who are destine to help fill out practice roster and most likely redshirt their freshman year. This is not the case with Anderson and the incoming freshman better come ready to compete. Anderson skill set fits perfectly in to where the Bobcats needs for next year. He has the work ethic and is very capable of beating out scholarship player(s) who don’t show up ready to play.