Mott Community College sophomore forward Doug Anderson has verbally committed to Duquesne University in the Atlantic 10. Anderson, an athletic phenom at 6-6, has yet to play a minute of his sophomore season at Mott. A fact not lost on the mind of his coach, whose program has not typically produced early commitments.
In an article written in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review today, Schmidt made it clear that Anderson has no plans to sign until late.
“They’re in great shape with Doug Anderson. They’re the front-runner. He’s going to sign, but not until late,” Schmidt told the Tribune-Review. “He’s a tremendous athlete, but he’s got some work to do in terms of graduating. I’m trying to get him to become a complete basketball player.”
Schmidt was more candid in his comments when contacted this afternoon. He expressed “disappointment” with the handling of Anderson’s recruitment by members of Duquesne Head Coach Ron Everhart’s staff. He expressed displeasure with some of the staff’s recruiting tactics and a level of surprise since it’s not the first time the Everhart has recruited the program.
“This has been a distraction to Doug in the area he should be concerned about the most, his academic standing,” Schmidt said. “As far as I’m concerned, there will be a lot of schools still interested in Doug. (Duquesne) is still one of the schools he’s considering.”
Schmidt said he would contact Coach Everhart to discussion the matter further.
Anderson prepped at Kalamazoo Central High School before coming to Mott last year. He came to Mott last summer and made some waves with 11 dunks in the Bruin Club Classic all-star game.