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Oklahoma State's James Anderson going to NBA

By John Helsley, Staff Writer Modified: March 22, 2010 at 5:42 pm •  Published: March 22, 2010

“I believe that I am fully prepared, both athletically and emotionally, for the challenge of playing in the NBA.”

Anderson finishes his career at No. 4 on OSU’s career scoring chart, with 1,811 points in just three seasons. His 735 points over 33 games the second-most in a single season by a Cowboy.

He was named First Team All-American by Sporting News and Yahoo! and Second Team All-American by and the United States Basketball Writers Association.

Ford saluted Anderson’s mark on the program, not just as a player, but a person.

“A very special young man, who you don’t find every day,” Ford said. “Somebody who is easy to coach. Everybody sees him playing basketball on TV and sees what a great basketball player he is, but unless you’re around him every single day like we are, you don’t fully appreciate what type of young man he is.

“He’s an example of what we want all these guys to be. And they’ve heard it before, heard us using him as an example. He’s just a guy who does it the right way. That’s what I’m going to miss the most.”