Posted On: 10/19/17 6:18 PM
At a quick glance during layup lines, you wouldn’t think much of Trabuco Hills shooting guard Chase Anderson.
He stands at 6-feet-3, weighs 155 pounds soaking wet and has floppy dark brown hair parted on one side.
But once that ball goes up and the game gets moving, Anderson’s combination of open court athleticism, pure shooting ability and basketball IQ will draw in just about every eye in the stands.
“I guess people overlook me because I don’t look the part,” Anderson told Prep Hoops So-Cal. “But I just try and work harder than everyone else and I’m trying to make a name for myself.”
Anderson’s recruiting stock is beginning to rise, slowly but surely, kind of like his journey to becoming a varsity starter.
Anderson believes that his late bloomer qualities are why he’s not as highly sought after as some other players in the area.
“Maybe it’s because I didn’t play varsity until my junior year of high school,” he said. “That’s the first time people got to see me and really the first year I played high level club basketball.”
The senior is without a doubt one of the best pure shooters in all Orange County, both from 3-point and mid-range levels, but he’s aware of what he needs to work on in order to play anywhere on the next level.
“Most definitely my strength,” Anderson said. “I’m long and wiry, but I need to put on some core strength because I think that would help me a lot if I get that.”
Anderson is definitely embracing the “work” part of the process.
“I get out at 11:22 from school, go home, eat and then go to the gym for an hour and shoot before practice,” he explained of his daily routine. “After practice I stay and shoot for 45 minutes and lift for another hour after.”
As far as skill-set goes, Anderson is focusing in on ball skills and using the left side of the floor.
“I’m working to get a tighter handle and not get stripped so much off the dribble,” he said. “I’m also working on finishing with my left hand and using that whole left side of the floor.”
Heading into his senior year, Anderson says he has a couple of college options to choose from.
“I’m hearing from a couple of small NAIA schools and a couple of Division II’s,” he noted. “They like how I can score from three and they like my mid-range pull-up a lot because not a lot of people do it these days.”