Eric Anderson (basketball)

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Eric Anderson
Personal information
Born(1970-05-26)May 26, 1970
Chicago, Illinois
DiedDecember 9, 2018(2018-12-09) (aged 48)
Carmel, Indiana
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High schoolSt. Francis de Sales
(Chicago, Illinois)
CollegeIndiana (1988–1992)
NBA draft1992 / Undrafted
Playing career1992–1998
PositionPower forward
Career history
19921994New York Knicks
1995–1996Fort Wayne Fury
1996Cagiva Varese
1996–1997Faber Fabriano
1997–1998Fort Wayne Fury
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Eric Walfred Anderson (May 26, 1970 – December 9, 2018)[1] was an American basketball player. He is best known for his college career at Indiana University and played two seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the New York Knicks.

Amateur career[edit]

Anderson attended St. Francis DeSales High School on Chicago's far southeast side and was named 1988's Mr. Basketball for the state of Illinois as well as a McDonald's All-American in the same year.[2][3]

Anderson then enrolled at Indiana University, where he joined the basketball team while studying sociology.[2] He was named Most Outstanding Player of 1992 NCAA Tournament's West Regional after helping lead Indiana University to the Final Four. He completed his college career with 1,715 points and 825 rebounds.[4][5]

Professional career[edit]

Anderson signed with the New York Knicks for the 1992–93 NBA season as an undrafted free agent. As the team's twelfth man, he played only 44 total minutes in sixteen games, and 39 minutes in eleven games the following season before being waived. He received a loud ovation by fans when inserted in the final six minutes of the Knicks' 114–79 home blowout over the Boston Celtics on February 2, 1994, in which he went scoreless with four personal fouls while the Knicks bench later stood and cheered his drawing an offensive foul.[6] Anderson held NBA career averages of 1.6 points and 1.1 rebounds, and 2-for-2 on three-point field goals.[7] He spent the remainder of his career playing in Europe and with the Fort Wayne Fury of the Continental Basketball Association until retiring in 1998.

Personal life[edit]

Anderson was married to fitness guru Tracy Anderson from 1998 to 2008 and had a son named Sam.[8]


Anderson died on December 9, 2018, in Carmel, Indiana.[1] An autopsy was conducted, and preliminary findings suggested that he died of natural causes.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Former IU basketball star Eric Anderson dies at 48". December 10, 2018. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Former Hoosier forward Eric Anderson passes away at 48". Retrieved 2018-12-10.
  3. ^ a b "Preliminary cause of death for IU basketball's Eric Anderson revealed". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved 2018-12-12.
  4. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2012-11-12. Retrieved 2012-01-03.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Hoosier Times".
  6. ^ Frey, Jennifer (2 February 1994). "PRO BASKETBALL; Knicks Roll But Celtics Get Lost In Confusion". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2016-03-12. Retrieved 2018-12-10.
  7. ^ "Eric Anderson Stats". Archived from the original on 2017-06-20. Retrieved 2018-12-11.
  8. ^ Seemayer, Zach (December 12, 2018). "Tracy Anderson's Ex-Husband Eric Anderson Dead at 48 After Pneumonia Battle". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved December 13, 2018.

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Marcus Liberty
Illinois Mr. Basketball Award Winner
Succeeded by
Deon Thomas