TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (AP) - Landus Anderson is one of the top high school players in the Florida Panhandle.
He’s averaged more than 19 points and eight rebounds a game for the Florida High Seminoles, and hopes to play in college.
And not only are the numbers impressive, the slender, 6-4, 170-pound junior gets it done without the use of his right arm or hand.
“I wish I could go right, go right with my right arm,” Anderson concedes. But he adds, “I think I’m pretty good how I am, with what I have.”
Still, he made the varsity lineup in his freshman year.
“He gets the ball off the rim and is out and gone, running past people down the floor,” marvels Florida High coach Al Blizzard. “You’re not going to stop him in the open court, I don’t care what level you’re on.”
Anderson’s speed and quickness offset any perceived inability to go to his right and though he doesn’t have any scholarship offers yet, his coach believes Anderson’s overall talent is good enough to play in college. In addition to his scoring and rebounding, he averages 2.5 blocked shots and 2.9 steals a game. Anderson plans to play AAU basketball this spring to showcase his talents to college recruiters.
“A kid like Landus and his ability to play basketball, they come through every 20 or 30 years,” said Curtis Miller, a veteran AAU coach who had Anderson on his 16-and-under Team Florida Extreme that played 30 games across the southeast last summer. “He’s a talent. He can shoot outside, he can take it inside, he can overpower you skill wise, has basketball IQ. The sky is the limit.”
Anderson averaged 21.5 points and eight assists a game to lead Miller’s AAU team last summer that made it to the Final Four of the Team Nike AAU tournament last summer in Orlando.
“He’ll have no problem playing at the next level,” Miller said. “it’s hard work, dedication. This kid is the total package.”
Anderson and Florida High didn’t qualify for this week’s state basketball championships, but he was at his best against the best this season.
He scored 71 points in three games against Tallahassee Lincoln, a 7A school _ the largest classification in Florida. He had a season-high 34 points in a win over 5A Wakulla. The Seminoles also defeated two of the schools that advanced to the state finals. Anderson had 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks in a 66-60 overtime loss to East Gadsden High School that ended the Seminoles (20-6) season.
Blizzard says Anderson’s outside shot and free throw shooting rivals that of his son Brett, who enjoyed a record-setting collegiate career at North Carolina-Wilmington a decade ago and now plays professionally in Italy.
But with one big difference: Anderson manages his shots with one hand, like he does with everything else.
Anderson learned at an early age that he had to work twice to achieve success _ even daily tasks like learning to tie his shoes didn’t come easy. He got those tough life lessons from his parents and his grandmother, Bernice Cummings.