Brandon University Bobcats men's basketball coach Gil Cheung has landed his first recruit for the upcoming season in B.C. high school stand-out Tyler Anderson.  Anderson is in a class all his own, demonstrated by his ability on the basketball court and his physical stature. The Langley, B.C. product stands 6-foot-7, weighing in at 220 pounds - impressive considering he has yet to even graduate from high school.

In his senior season this past year Anderson helped the Walnut Grove Gators to a ninth-place finish in the ultra-competitive B.C. 4A Provincial Championships. The dynamic post put up 26.5 points per game and 11.8 rebounds per game in the tournament, earning second-team all-star honours.

Anderson's experience at the high school level and as a member of B.C.'s provincial team for the past three summers is why Bobcats coach Gil Cheung feels he'll make a great player at the university level. Cheung credits much of Anderson's success to the coaching he's received thus far.

"Tyler had a great senior season at Walnut Grove under coach Bergen. Coach Bergen does a great job of teaching his kids how to play, and how to compete at a high level," says Cheung.

"Tyler is physically mature and has the potential to get even stronger. He moves extremely well for his size, and has the potential to be a very productive CIS forward. There will be a learning curve and an adjustment period, but if he continues to put in the time Tyler has the work ethic to succeed. I'm confident with his grades and commitment he will be a very successful university student-athlete," Cheung adds.

Anderson has maintained an 88% grade point average through-out his senior season of high school, showing his dedication is not limited to the basketball court, but extends to the classroom as well.

He's looking forward to the opportunity to continue growing as an athlete, and as a student.
"I really feel like Brandon is a good fit for me to develop on and off the court, and I really liked the idea of being on a smaller campus," says Anderson. "I've always had a goal of going to university while playing CIS basketball which did help in my decision of coming to Brandon. I'm looking forward to competing against some of the best competition in western Canada and continuing in my development as a student-athlete."                    
Anderson becomes the second recruit from the B.C. lower mainland in as many years, following last year's team rookie of the year Ryan Cowley (Delta, B.C.).

Anderson plans to study in BU's Faculty of Science before working towards a degree in Pharmacy.

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