Rodney Anderson (basketball)

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Rodney Anderson
No. 4 – California State Fullerton
Point Guard
Personal information
Born (1981-08-11) August 11, 1981 (age 32)
Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Career information
College California State Fullerton
Pro playing career 1999–2000

Rodney Anderson (born August 11, 1981) is a former college basketball player at California State University Fullerton. Once a promising point guard hailed to become a star, his career was cut short by a gang shooting on March 2, 2000, which rendered him paralyzed from the waist down.

Early life and basketball career[edit]

Rodney was born August 11, 1981 to Joseph and Martha Anderson, as the youngest of five children. A student with good grades and a promising career in basketball, he gained a full scholarship to California State Fullerton following his high school graduation in 1999. Anderson played in 24 games as a freshman in the 1999-2000 season, averaging 3.4 points and 1.4 rebounds. Following his shooting, his number 4 jersey was retired in 2004.[1]


On March 2, 2000, as Anderson was visiting his parents in South Central Los Angeles, he was walking down the street to visit a friend, when a gang member shot him three times in the back, mistaking him for a rival gang member.[2] His parents heard the shots fired and called the police immediately, but to little avail, and he was left paralyzed from the waist down, with limited movement in his arms.

Later life and Extreme Makeover[edit]

Rodney returned to classes the following spring, and in 2005 he graduated from California State with a masters degree in counseling, following his bachelors degree in human services two years earlier.

In 2004, Rodney and his family was selected to appear on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, where the family was given a new house, with a separate house for Rodney and his girlfriend (later wife) Monique. Following the reveal of the houses, the show also hosted the wedding of Rodney and Monique.

In 2008, Rodney joined his former college as an academic counselor. Since the shooting he regained some strength in his arms and feeling in his legs, and stated in an interview that he is set on walking again.[3]