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Posted On: 05/11/18 1:35 PM
Photo Credit: JD Humberg, OregonLive
After a solid career at Lincoln, Aidan Anastas is ready for the future. What that is for the rugged 6-foot-6, 195-pound forward remains unknown but it will be in basketball. Anastas is playing AAU ball in the hopes of getting more exposure to college coaches and is finishing out this spring with the Rose City Rebels on the EYBL circuit.
“I love Coach Beno (Memory) and I think he’s one of the best coaches in Portland in my opinion,” Anastas said. “It’s been great playing (on the EYBL circuit) – the guys are nice and I’ve gotten to know them over the years in the PIL.”
Anastas suited up with the Rebels for Session 2 in Indianapolis and averaged 4 points and 4 rebounds. As you might expect, he did much like he did his entire career at Lincoln – doing the dirty work inside, grab rebounds, play tough, step out and hit the outside jumper. While the competition and talent level in the EYBL is high, it doesn’t phase him at all. “I’ve played in the EYBL before and it’s not much different than it is in the PIL,” Anastas said. “I’ve gone up against big guys like Khalil (Chatman) and Kelton (Samore) so I’m used to it.”
Playing on the circuit one last time is an attempt to get some final college exposure as Anastas remains unsigned. Right now he’s mainly hearing from NAIA schools such as Carroll College and Wayland Baptist. He’s fine with that level of play and simply wants the right fit for his future.
“I just want a program that’s going to push me academically and athletically,” Anastas said. “I’m also looking for a program that’s a little further away from here. I love Portland but I want to get out and see stuff.”
Anastas wasn’t unable to join the Rebels in Atlanta this weekend but will suit up with then at the end of the month in Virginia at Boo Williams. He is ranked #42 in the PrepHoops Oregon Class of 2008 final rankings.