Michigan basketball commitment ranked among top NBA prospects in FIBA ​​Tournament

Christian Anderson, a 2024 Michigan basketball playmaker, helped Germany win the FIBA ​​U16 European Championship Division B late last month. He not only earned MVP honors, but he also stood out as one of the top pro prospects at the event.

Anderson averaged 16.5 points, 2.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.1 steals per game over eight games. The 16-year-old shot 57.1% from the field, including 60% from 3 points during the tournament. Michigan’s commitment scored at least 10 points in each game, including 25 against Sweden in the quarterfinals, 15 against Belgium in the semifinals and 15 against Finland in the final. He led his team and finished 10th in the tournament in scoring.

After the tournament, NBADraft.net included Anderson among the NBA’s top 10 prospects at the event, noting he was “probably the most effective guard” – with the caveat that players that age are generally away from finished products. Here is what they wrote:

Michigan’s commit shot 85% from the free throw line and 60% from 3. Was probably the most effective goaltender in Division A or B. Voted Division B MVP and led Germany to the first square. If he can grow another 3-4 inches, he’ll have a great shot at a career in the NBA.

Anderson, who played high school ball at the Lovett School in Atlanta, is described by FIBA ​​as follows:

Christian Anderson Jr. is a highly trained guard. The 16-year-old is an exceptional shooter, who is comfortable shooting both the catch and the dribble, reliably knocks down his mid-range jumpers, but also has reach well beyond the three-point line. Moreover, Anderson shows some nice flashes as a point guard. With those skills, it’s no wonder the USA-based fullback made a name for himself in high school basketball. Despite his youth, the sniper has already committed to represent the University of Michigan starting in 2024, likely making him the only college committed to either division of the Championship. Europe FIBA ​​U16. With Germany, where Anderson’s father spent part of his professional basketball career, Anderson Jr. will seek promotion and bring Germany back to the A Division.

Juwan Howard and the Wolverines were the first program to be offered to Anderson in June 2021. The guard traveled to Ann Arbor in late September of that year, coming to campus for the Rutgers football game. He told The Michigan Insider the visit was “fantastic” and pulled the trigger a few days later.

“Because the coach Juwan Howard and all the staff believed in me from the beginning, they recognized my studies, my situation and my potential for the future”, Anderson says 247Sports why he chose Michigan. “Coach Howard is an NBA champion, he’s been on an NBA championship team, he’s coached NBA championship teams and I just thought Michigan and the whole program would be a perfect fit for me. .”

Although it’s relatively unusual for a prospect to commit early in his sophomore year, Anderson said the move would allow Michigan to build around him.

“I felt that if I signed on that early, it would give the coach Juwan Howard and all the Michigan staff this trust in me that they already know who they have and they have the opportunity to build around me rather than me just wait for all these other schools and they don’t know if I’m going to go there or not and who they are going to have,” he said.

Anderson is listed at 5-foot-9 by FIBA. He is a four star in the 247Sports Composite and a top 100 player nationally. He is currently the only member of Michigan’s Class of 2024.

Highlights: Christian Anderson at the FIBA ​​U16 European Championship

CBB Europe has compiled the highlights of Anderson’s performances at the FIBA ​​U16 European Championship. Watch them below:

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