November 20, 2012 in Division I
University of Detroit senior Doug Anderson has been a fixture on highlight reels for his array of acrobatic dunks since he was a high school player. But in a column he wrote for the U of D school paper, he said he went to work in the offseason to try and convince people there’s more to his game than just dunking:
After our game against Kansas in the NCAA tournament, I became known as a very athletic player to everyone who had watched. I loved the attention I got from my athleticism, but I wanted to be known as a great all-around player.
While I was home for summer break, I didn’t just sit around waiting for the next season to come. I worked out everyday for the month and a half I was there, starting every day with a two-mile run.
I spent most of my day going up to my old high school to work on all of the aspects of my game that I felt needed work. I would do several ball-handling drills with my high school coach, then he would put me through a series of shooting drills.
Anderson also talks about how the U of D training staff helped him get in better condition. Through three games this season, the results are showing. Anderson is averaging 19.7 points (up from 9.2), 9.3 rebounds (up from 4.6) and 2.0 steals (up from 1.1) per game in only three more minutes per game than he averaged last season. Anderson is also shooting 54 percent from the field and 57 percent from 3 point range (up from 52 percent and 27 percent respectively last season). He’s also turning it over less.
Anderson didn’t have a good game in the team’s loss to St. John’s, but set career highs in points twice with 25 against Northern Michigan and then 26 against Drake. Here are some highlights of his performance against Drake: