Posted On: 12/21/17 12:23 PM
One of the best sophomores in all of Southern California has a weight on his shoulders most others wouldn’t be able to handle.
Amound Anderson is Leuzinger High’s best player, best perimeter defender, best scorer, best passer and, most importantly, its young leader.
The 6-foot-2 combo guard has had to grow up quickly with little time for error as his teammates consistently look to him for guidance and playmaking ability in the clutch moments of every game.
As a freshman, the smooth left-hander averaged 11.3 points per game as a starter and was able to mature under the wing of head coach Arturo Jones and senior guard Damani Washington.
This season, Anderson has surpassed the 20-point total in the majority of the games he’s played, and is continuing to grow into his leadership role.
“I need to be a more vocal leader for this team,” Anderson told Prep Hoops So-Cal. “Talking more on defense and making sure everyone is where they need to be on offense.”
Right now, Anderson is more of a lead by example type of player. He doesn’t say much during game action, but his play speaks for itself.
He’s a crafty three-level scorer, a better passer than he’s given credit for and knows how to use his length on the defensive end to guard multiple positions.
“I think my biggest strength is my ability to get to the basket and finish,” Anderson said. “I also like to get my teammates involved with my passing. Drive and kicks.”
Anderson knows of his weaknesses, as well, and he’s in the gym daily tightening those loose ends.
“My 3-point shooting can always improve,” he said. “And I need to get better driving to my right and finishing with my right hand.”
Anderson has drawn plenty of Division I recruiting interest already, and if he continues to grow both as a player and as a leader, that interest will certainly turn into options.