Burger King Outstanding Student Athlete: Riley's Damezi Anderson
SOUTH BEND —
For three and a half years, South Bend Riley’s Damezi Anderson has been a walking highlight reel, but without much pomp and circumstance, he made history.
Anderson’s team was taking on Penn last week, during which the 6-foot-5 swingman came down facing off against three defenders. Instead of driving to the lane risking an offensive foul, Anderson pulled up and drained a jump shot and toppled one of the most historic records in South Bend basketball history. For 45 years South Bend Adams’ Jimmy Webb was the city’s all-time leading scorer but that changed on a routine jumper by Anderson. While nobody jumped out of their seat, it marked Anderson’s 1771st point and signified the development of his game and his mindset.
“It’s a conversation we’ve had since day one.” said first year Riley head coach Eric Brand, “It’s about being a complete player, which means it might be scoring, he’s become an excellent rebounder. The things he’s doing are helping us get the best shot as a team.”
"I'm glad to be on that list, it just motivated me to keep working even harder.” added Anderson, “I'm just trying to get my IQ better, find my teammates, take good percentage shots and the goal is to make my brothers better to compete every day in practice, because it’s harder than the games and getting a state ring with my brothers."
With Anderson’s honed skills, attitude and now increased sense of leadership, the Wildcats are well on their way towards that goal. The Indiana University bound star leads his team in scoring pushing them to an undefeated record thus far. However, t's last year's failures that have Anderson and his team hoping to maintain an edge this season.
"Last year we started off 17-0 then we lost, and lost in the first round of sectionals so we aren’t really worried about that right now.” said Anderson, “We're just worried about getting better. It starts with everybody buying in. With this group I see it in our eyes. It would tear me up bad. It’s all I wanted in my whole four years, so I'm super ready I want to win it all."
The Wildcats will look to continue their streak on Friday as they take on Northern Indiana Conference opponent New Praire, with tip-off set for 7:30 p.m. EST.