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Griz Men's Basketball Signs Forward from Seattle

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Montana Head coach Travis DeCuire announced the addition of prep standout Alphonso Anderson to the Griz basketball incoming class of 2016.

Anderson, a 6-6, 215-pound forward out of Garfield High in Seattle is listed as a three-star prospect by the national recruiting site

Anderson chose to play at Montana after being recruited by larger programs at Boise State and Rice. Coach DeCuire also recruited him during his time at Cal.

“We think he’s a gem,” says DeCuire. “He’s a versatile forward. He can guard multiple positions, probably all five for us. On the offensive end, he provides you a lot of versatility because he can play inside, he can play outside, he runs the floor, and what a lot of people overlook is his ability to pass the ball. So you can run a lot of offense through him, and he’ll also get us a lot of rebounds.”

Anderson will become a Griz after helping lead powerhouse Garfield High to a 3A Washington State Championship last season, scoring 17 points and collecting 14 rebounds in the championship game against previous three-time defending champions Rainier Beach.

At Garfield, he averaged 16.6 points and 10.3 rebounds per contest his junior year, as well as 1.6 assists and 1.1 steals over 29 games that season.

The Grizzlies announced three-star guard Sayeed Pridgett as the first signee of 2016 last week. Anderson is the second addition to the program in the fall early signing period.

“I think they’ll both compete for starting spots right away, and we don’t give those away, they’re earned,” said Coach DeCuire. “We’ve got good returners, so what I’m hoping for is a deep team and very competitive practices. Then it doesn’t matter who starts for us, at the end of the day, if everyone is ready to perform, we’ll be a team that can play at a high level.

“These two provide a lot of versatility, which is the direction we’re trying to go, is to recruit guys that can play two, three positions,” added DeCuire.

Anderson and Pridgett make a total of four of DeCuire’s recruits that came to Montana as three-star prospects and will suit up for the Griz next season. Michael Oguine and Ahmaad Rorie both came to Montana as highly touted national recruits as well.

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