Q&A with Antonio
Scout.com #42 Overall
Antonio Anderson, a 6'4" shooting
guard, is one of four players from Laurinburg Prep in North Carolina to sign
with the Tigers this year. Coach Chris Chaney of Laurinburg says that John Calipari
is the reason that top players are streaming towards Memphis. "He's a former
Final Four and NBA head coach," he said, "Nowadays these guys want
to make that level of the NBA and he knows what it takes to get there. Kids
love playing for him because he's a very intense coach and he can prepare them
for the next level."
Getting players ready for the college
level is what Coach Chaney does at Laurinburg Prep. An astounding 14 players
signed with Division 1 universities this fall. The competition promotes a work
ethic among these elite players. "With 14 guys who are D1 practicing together,
if you don't play hard, you're not playing," said Chaney.
Regarding Anderson, Chaney had this
to say: "He played both the shooting guard and point guard position for
us. He's very athletic and he's shooting it real well right now. There are a
lot of things he brings to the table and there's nothing on the court he can't
do. He defends real well and I think he's a big time kid for Memphis. In my
opinion he's one the best players in the country."
Here are a few quotes from a conversation
Q: Why did you choose Memphis?
A: Because I thought that Coach Calipari and his staff had the most to offer
me, not just basketball-wise but academically. That's where I felt comfortable.
Q: What are your strengths and
weaknesses as a player?
A: My strengths are that no matter
who is guarding me, I can score. I can penetrate and get to the hole and I like
to pass a lot. My weakness is that I need to work more on my outside shot. I
need to get more consistent.
Q: What do you think you guys
from Laurinburg can accomplish at Memphis?
A: If all of us stay together, we
can win a national championship. Especially with Chris Douglas-Roberts coming
Q: Is there an NBA player that
people say you resemble?
A: Everyone says that I play similar
to Dwyane Wade.
Q: How has Laurinburg helped you
A: They have us working hard every
day. As of right now, we were lifting when Coach Chaney gave me the phone. We
lift every day, play every day. Practicing against all Division 1 players gets