Madison Prep guard Josh Anderson didn’t want a drawn-out recruitment process to distract him from his senior season, so he decided to end it before it ever could.
The state’s top prospect for the class of 2017 committed to Western Kentucky on Tuesday night, almost three weeks before the Chargers return to practice for the upcoming season.
Rated a four-star prospect by both Rivals and 247sports, Anderson turned down offers from about 20 other schools, including big-name programs like Baylor, North Carolina State, Florida, LSU and Texas A&M.
Ultimately, it was his relationship with Western Kentucky assistant coach Shammond Williams that put the Hilltoppers over the edge, Anderson said.
Williams started recruiting Anderson when he was at Tulane and the two have bonded ever since.
It didn’t hurt that Western Kentucky has also recently earned a commitment from the nation’s No. 6 rated recruit in five-star center Mitchell Robinson of Chalmette High.
“It’s early, but mostly I like coach Shammond. He’s been recruiting me since he was at Tulane,” Anderson said. "It’s just a lot of promise over there. I can get a lot of playing time early and the opportunity to play with one of the top guys in 2017 in Mitchell Robinson.”
Anderson said it was important to him to make a decision quickly so that he could focus on helping the Chargers compete for their third consecutive state championship this season.
He’ll also make a run of his own at Madison Prep’s all-time scoring leader. Anderson will be the first player in the program to play all four years at the varsity level.
At 6-foot-4, 174 pounds, Anderson finished last season averaging 17 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals per game.
“Josh is just a competitor,” Madison Prep coach Jeffery Jones said. “He doesn’t have the purest jump shot in the world, but he’s working at it. Over the last year, I tried to turn him into a point guard. He had an outstanding spring and summer playing on the ball, trying to enhance those skills for college. He’s a sponge, and he soaks up anything you give him.”