Alcoa's Anderson announces commit to Maryville College basketball

Alcoa's Anderson announces commit to Maryville College basketball

Garrett Anderson, a graduate of Alcoa High School, has committed to continue his education and collegiate basketball career at Maryville College in Maryville, Tenn.

Anderson, a Maryville, Tenn. native, played his high school basketball under the direction of Head Coach Joel Kirk. During his tenure with the Tornados, this 6-foot-3, 190-pound guard was a 1,000-point scorer at Alcoa, while earning All-District honors on a pair of occasions. He also garnered All-Region honors with Alcoa.

During his senior season, Anderson tallied 15.1 points per contest, while pulling down 2.4 boards a game. This talented guard shot 40 percent from the floor, while dishing out 3.0 assists per game during his senior campaign. Anderson was a 34 percent shooter from beyond the arc, while connecting on an impressive 77 percent of his charity tosses.

Anderson spent the fall at Moravian Prep before coming to the Maryville College Scots.

"Garrett is a welcome addition to our program," Maryville College Head Basketball Coach Randy Lambert said. "We have recruited him for two years, and I am glad he finally decided to join us. He is a knockdown shooter with range. As he develops physically and his ability to defend and rebound from the guard position improves, he should have an impact on our program. He comes to us from excellent high school and prep school programs."

Anderson is the son of Amy and Quinton Anderson.

He joins a Maryville College program that has been led by Lambert for the past 37 seasons. With 679 career victories, Lambert is one of the most successful NCAA Division III coaches. He is currently ranked fourth in the country among active head coaches and ninth among all-time coaches for most victories. Backed by its consistency in winning and its up-tempo style of play, his program is considered one of the best in the nation.

Last season, the Scots won a share of the USA South Athletic Conference Regular Season Title, while rattling off their 18th 20-plus win season with a 20-7 record. Lambert led Spencer Shoffner to become the first USA South Player of the Year for the program in 2016, while guiding five Scots to All-American mentions during his tenure in Bobby Golden, Sidney Ellis, Eryk Watson, Greg Hernandez and Jaumonee Byrd. Lambert has led Maryville to 18 National Tournament appearances – 12 straight – including three Sweet 16 appearances and one Elite 8 showing in 1990-1991.

Lambert graduated from Maryville High School in 1972, before playing basketball at Maryville College. He was a four-year starter for the Scots, garnering numerous honors, including the 16th-leading scorer in the nation during his senior year. With 1,489 career points, he is currently listed as the sixth-leading scorer in MC basketball history.

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester was 1,197.