Oklahoma State basketball player James Anderson earned another honor Monday, named to the Associated Press All-America second team. Anderson just missed a greater honor, finishing sixth in the voting, one spot out of first-team status.
Anderson received 27 first-place votes in the AP balloting, one more than first-teamer DeMarcus Cousins of Kentucky, but Cousins edged him out in the overall point total, 205-197. The unanimous Big 12 Player of the Year, Anderson was earlier named first-team All-American by Sporting News and Yahoo!Sports.com and second-team All-American by the United States Basketball Writers Association. A junior, Anderson announced last week that he would forgo his senior season at OSU to make himself eligible for the NBA Draft. He led the Big 12 in scoring and posted at least 20 points against every team in the conference. And Anderson’s influence didn’t end there. "I knew James only by reputation when I got here,” said Cowboys coach Travis Ford. "Hadn’t met him. Didn’t recruit him.