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Talk is cheap for Anderson
By CASEY OLSON
Morris Anderson lets his basketball game do the talking and the Federal Way High School seniors game spoke loud and clear during the 2004-05 season.
The soft-spoken Anderson, a 6-foot-3 silky-smooth guard, led the Eagles to their first South Puget Sound League South Division title since 1993 with a solid all-around game. A game that earned Anderson the Mirrors All-City Boys Basketball Teams Most Valuable Player.
He scored an impressive 16.2 points a game, but putting the ball in the basket was only the tip of the iceberg when talking about Anderson. The senior also led the Eagles in assists, 3-pointers and steals.
The thing that I like about his game is that he does a good job of playing within the framework of his team, said Beamer head coach Jarrett Mentink. He is willing to sacrifice some of his own individual scoring opportunities to set up his teammates. The sign of a truly outstanding basketball player is that such an individual is able to make his teammates better.
Ever since I was little, I wanted to get my teammates involved, Anderson said. Thats just how I grew up playing.
But when it came around to crunch time, Anderson always seemed to relish hitting big shots, especially from behind the 3-point line. Just ask Decatur head coach Kevin Olson, who saw several dagger-like Anderson threes during his career.
Every time we made a run to bring the game close, Morris was there to put a stop to it, Olson said.
I just knew that we couldnt lose when it was close, Anderson said. I always felt good in those situations.
Anderson shot an amazing 54.2 percent from behind the 3-point line, hitting 52-of-75 shots. The percentage ranks him 10th all time in the SPSL and is the best of anybody in the history of the league with over 55 attempts.
Andersons future plans are still up in the air. Several schools have shown interest in the versatile guard, including Division-I teams like Northern Arizona and the University of California-Riverside, as well as Highline and Green River community colleges.
He is definitely a young man that has the tools to contribute at the college level, Mentink said. I wish him all the best and am very glad we dont have to defend him again next year.
Joining Anderson on the Mirrors All-City Boys Basketball Team are Federal Way teammates Earnest Pooh Williams and Terrell Smith, who both will be back on the Eagles roster next season, Decatur guards James Miller and Andrew Kim and Beamer senior guard Jermaine Parker.
Williams had an impressive first year with the Eagles after transferring from Foss. The junior led Federal Way in scoring at 17.0 points a game and also averaged five rebounds and led the team in block shots and highlight-reel dunks. Smith, a sophomore, averaged nine points and five rebounds.
Miller had a very solid senior year for the Gators. The 6-foot guard led Decatur with 16.3 points a game and 7.5 rebounds and also took the opening tip after transferring from Oregon.
Kim was impressive down the stretch for the Gators. The 5-10 junior point guard wasnt a real big factor during the first half of Decaturs season, scoring just 3.9 points a game. But in the Gators final 10 games, Kim scored 15.5 points per game, including a career-high 27 in a Jan. 25 win over Jefferson.
Parker was Beamers best player all season long. The 5-10 guard led the Titans at 14.3 points a game and had 16 double-digit scoring outings.
Sports Editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, firstname.lastname@example.org