Michael Anderson (basketball)

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Not to be confused with Michael Andersen.
Michael Anderson
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Personal information
Born (1966-03-23) March 23, 1966 (age 48)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Listed height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Listed weight 184 lb (83 kg)
Career information
High school Carver (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
College Drexel (1983–1988)
NBA draft 1988 / Round: 3 / Pick: 73rd overall
Selected by the Indiana Pacers
Pro career 1988–2002
Career history
Career highlights and awards

Michael Levin Anderson (born March 23, 1966) is an American former basketball player for Drexel University, the NBA, Spain's professional Liga ACB, the Continental Basketball Association, the Greek A1 League and the Turkish Basketball League.

Anderson was a high school star at George Washington Carver High School of Engineering & Science in Philadelphia. At Drexel, he averaged over 19 points per game during his college career, and led the Dragons to their first-ever NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship appearance in 1986, where they lost to eventual national champion, Louisville. This game was notable because Anderson was playing against familiar local foes, Milt Wagner and Billy Thompson who played high school ball on Camden's nationally ranked team. That year Anderson was named to the UPI and Sporting News honorable mention All-America teams. Anderson also led the Dragons to an upset of a David Robinson-led Navy team in the Palestra in 1987, one of the biggest wins in school history.

Anderson would become the first Drexel basketball player to make the roster of an NBA team. He played for the San Antonio Spurs during the 1989 NBA season, after being drafted by the Indiana Pacers in the 3rd round (23rd pick) of the 1988 NBA Draft.

Anderson had a successful four-year career in the Spanish ACB league, playing from 1992 to 1997. He played for Real Madrid, Baloncesto León, CB Murcia and Caja San Fernando, garnering league MVP honors in the 1995-1996 season while playing for the latter. He was also a 1993 ACB league All-Star.[1] After that, he played for Ülkerspor in Turkey during the 1996-97 Turkish Basketball League season, winning the championship cup while averaging 21.1 points per game. Anderson also played a couple years in the USBL and the CBA, making the All-Rookie team in 1988-1989 with the Charleston Gunners, and making first team All-League with the Tri-City Chinook in 1993-94.[2]

Anderson is in the top ten all-time in career NCAA steals with 341 and tied for first all-time in career triple doubles. He was recognized in 2008 by the Colonial Athletic Association as a CAA Men's Basketball Legend, in a class that included University of Maryland and James Madison University coach Charles “Lefty” Driesell. [3]

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