By Anthony Slater
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For three productive years, James Anderson blossomed into a star at Oklahoma State, culminating in a 22.3-point, 5.8-rebound junior season where he won Big 12 Player of the Year.
Back in Oklahoma, and still a Cowboy fan favorite, Anderson is competing in the Western Conference Finals as a member of the San Antonio Spurs.
Today, I wrote a story on the early stages of his stalled career. You can read that here.
But at shootaround before game four, Anderson happily reflected on his historic career at OSU that forever etched him into Cowboy basketball lore.
Always humble and unassuming, Anderson talked everything from Markel Brown’s dunking to Keiton Page’s shooting to his favorite game in orange and black. Enjoy:
You hit a three in the Western Conference Finals the other day. Obviously has to feel good, but doing it in this state, does that make it any sweeter?
JA: It wasn’t the situation I wanted, in a losing effort, but doing it in Oklahoma was cool. It felt good to come back to almost the old stomping grounds. Stillwater is a little bit away, but it’s close enough so I can call it my old stomping grounds.
What do you miss most about Stillwater?
JA: Coaches, teammates, can’t forget about the fans. Great fanbase.
Have you been able to make any trips back?
JA: I haven’t got back too much because of the crammed schedule and the short season we’ve had, but I plan to go back sometime this summer after the season.
During the lockout you actually went back and practiced with the current Oklahoma State team. How was that experience?
JA: It was a lot of fun, being back on campus, back in the arena and getting some shots up. I had a great time playing with the coaches and some of the coaches had a chance to throw some drills at me and I had a great time being there.
What did you think of the team?
JA: They got a lot of athletes and I think they can be a pretty good team once they get it all together.
Did you keep tabs with them at all this past season?
JA: Of course. Any time I can catch a game, I always check them out and see how they are doing.
Markel Brown was a constant on the highlight reels this season. What did you think of some of his dunks?
JA: Man, Markel Brown is real bouncy. Can get off the floor fast and really fly. He’s got a chance to be a really good player.
How about Keiton Page, one of your good friends. He had a great end to his career, what did you think of that?
JA: Yeah, he did. But everybody know what Keiton do. He shoot the ball. That’s what he do best. He improved his game every year he was at OK State and had a great career there.
Another guy that you played with at OSU, Terrel Harris, made the Heat roster this year. Surprised at all?
JA: No. Terrel made it his focus to make it to the NBA and he did it this year. Got minutes in different spots when D Wade was hurt and took advantage of it.
You get in touch with him when he made the team?
JA: Of course. I called him and gave him congrats.
I know you don’t want to look down the road, but there still is the potential of you two seeing each other in the Finals. Is it kind of surreal to have that as a possibility?
JA: Yeah, that would be crazy to make it there and see him.
Ok, last thing. What’s your favorite moment from your OSU career?
JA: Got to be beating OU in Gallagher.