BYU basketball: James Anderson says goodbye at banquet


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  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    April 15, 2011 11:48 a.m.

    Jackson Emery could end up with a shot in the NBA or overseas; he's a really well balanced, aggressive player who makes it at the next level.

    Ainge did have a great senior year, not surprised to hear him having passed that on to Fredette.

    Nice team next year... and what's WRONG with giving everyone a reward for doing their best ? That's how the judgment is going to work too....

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    April 15, 2011 9:06 a.m.

    Probably a good move by Anderson, considering how loaded the Cougs will be in the front court next year with Hartsock, Davies, Collinsworth, Harward and Austin. One or both Harward and Austin will likely redshirt.

    Thanks James for all you did. If it weren't for you, I'm not sure we would have beat SDSU in SD. That was a great game for you.

  • Bugoff Houston, TX
    April 14, 2011 11:52 p.m.

    BYU will reload and be balanced, better and more efficient.

  • I Still Can't Say It Holladay, UT
    April 14, 2011 6:42 p.m.

    Looks like another player is jumping ship rather than play in the WCC. Smart.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    April 14, 2011 6:27 p.m.


  • UGradBYUfan Snowflake, AZ
    April 14, 2011 4:51 p.m.

    Nick Martineau showed promise before his mission back in 2007-2008. He hasn't played very good since being back, but he hasn't got much of a chance yet either. Jimmer averaged 37 min a game, and Emery averaged 32 min a game. Don't write him off yet.

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    April 14, 2011 2:43 p.m.


    Not even close to the comments you are referring to. It was a good try to stir up the pot though.

    James Anderson did the right thing. Does not matter though because there will be 5 more just like him to take his spot.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    April 14, 2011 1:34 p.m.

    No troll comments on Rose saying that "good things happen to good people" when refering to Coach Rice going to UNLV. C'mon guys, don't tell me your getting some class. Do you think that maybe some of them don't really read the articles?

  • Ravenal Somewhere in, Utah
    April 14, 2011 12:25 p.m.

    DEW Cougars

    Of course Bradley isn't going to admit it was a mistake. He knew that if he stayed a couple more years he wouldn't have gotten all the money he did. Once everyone saw him play they would have known that height was his only advantage.

  • Farid @ Pocatello Pocatello, ID
    April 14, 2011 12:14 p.m.

    If he had not bailed on BYU, Shawn Bradley would today be mentioned in the same breath as Danny and Jimmer. But while still on his mission, he announced that he would be entering the NBA draft.

    He was replaced by a guy I'd never heard of until then, a freshman by the name of Russell Larson. He averaged 19.9 points his junior year and 18.8 his senior year and played great defense.

  • Scoreboard Draper, UT
    April 14, 2011 11:21 a.m.

    Hey Nick and Brock,
    Did you just see what James did?
    BYU fan who wants to see the Cougars get to the Final Four in his lifetime.

  • steve84088 Orem, UT
    April 14, 2011 11:13 a.m.

    Mormon Ute, that isn't a chink, it was a clank from one of Anderson's shots. It is good to see whan a young man knows his limitations and decides to get on with his life.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    April 14, 2011 10:27 a.m.

    Uh oh, could there be a chink in the armor of BYU basketball? Just kidding. Congratulations on graduating!!

  • jdub Ephraim, UT
    April 14, 2011 10:19 a.m.

    How's this for a change. Rather than a one and done or a four year player that never graduates we have a man that went to college on an athletic scholarship and used that scholarship to get an EDUCATION! Congratulations Cougars on a good year.

  • So. Cal Reader Escondido, CA
    April 14, 2011 9:56 a.m.

    Interesting title for the article. Funny me. I had no idea Anderson was such a critcal part of the team! Team awards banquet w/ everything BYU accomplished, and Anderson gets top billing with the article?

  • IDC Boise, ID
    April 14, 2011 8:49 a.m.

    I realize Anderson was not a star and his offense wasn't strong but I loved when he came in to play D. When he fouled, he fouled. His presence was important for BYU. Best of luck to James with his next step in life.

  • Tommy2Shoes Lehi, UT
    April 14, 2011 8:45 a.m.

    James struggled this year on the offensive end but gave some good minutes on defense. Thanks for the effort you gave and thanks for realizing when to leave. Maybe we'll get a better player with that extra scholie. I wouldn't through Rogers under the bus, he'll have two good years left.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    April 14, 2011 8:38 a.m.

    @ Esquire: Shawn Bradley couldn't afford when comes to injury/insurance and decided to start early in NBA. Yes, he should have come back for one or two more years after his mission. I don't recall if he has ever mentioned that he made a mistake but mostly it was the right thing to do he siad (or was I wrong?).

    Good luck Jimmer, Jax, Dave Rice and James. It was a fun year. And, Thanks Danny Ainge for good advise.

  • whoisjohngalt Holladay, UT
    April 14, 2011 8:20 a.m.

    Did you watch more than 2 games this year? Do you know how to play basketball? Yes Martineau is not good enough, but Rogers? The dude is a 6-8 two guard who drains the 3 and can drive at will. He was brilliant out there his first year. He will start next year and he will be the leading scorer. Fact.

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    April 14, 2011 8:17 a.m.

    I believe James Anderson gave the best he had. From all of the comments by players during the year they believed that too. Giving our best is something rare. Congratulations to Anderson for being the person he's become.

    One snarky note... the list of awards made me smile. Looked like the modern day Little League team philosophy. Everyone gets an award. MVP for Punctuality.

  • sports-junkie West Jordan, UT
    April 14, 2011 8:14 a.m.

    Thanks for all your hard work, James. You tried your best to fill the void in the middle and I think you did a great job. Good luck in the future.

  • Lionsguy Kaysville, UT
    April 14, 2011 8:10 a.m.

    Did every player get an award? Is this little league? Participation trophies for everybody! YAY!

  • Bottom Line Draper, UT
    April 14, 2011 7:26 a.m.

    Based on James effort I think he left last year.

  • Laser Iowa City, IA
    April 14, 2011 7:05 a.m.

    Thanks James, congratulations on graduating early. You helped hold the team together this year. Thanks for your courage.


  • Cougar Eat Ute Cedar Hills, UT
    April 14, 2011 6:58 a.m.

    James was a stud. He gave all he could all the time. Sure, he wasn't a Trent Plaisted or a Brandon Davies, but few are. He was a monster on defense and an all-around great guy.
    Best of luck James! You'll be missed.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    April 14, 2011 6:48 a.m.

    Ainge got it, Jimmer gets it. Too bad Shawn didn't. Leaving early may have put some more money in his pocket, but he missed the experiences and college memories that will never, ever come. It's a valuable lesson.

  • jimbobb Modesto, CA
    April 14, 2011 3:16 a.m.

    Classy move by Anderson. Thanks Now Rose needs to do some thing with Martineau and Zylstra and maybe Rogers. These players should not be taking up space on Rose's bench. If you can't play them why have them sitting on your bench.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    April 14, 2011 1:17 a.m.

    In my old age, I thought I'd out grow BYU sports. I remain addicted. This was a special team and I'm honored to be a BYU alumni.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    April 13, 2011 10:51 p.m.

    I wondered where the extra scholorship for Hauns Brereton was coming from. Now I now. Thanks James and good luck!

  • TrueBlue Orem, UT
    April 13, 2011 10:31 p.m.

    What a remarkable group of young men we've been priviledged to watch this year. Thanks for the memories and good luck in your future endeavors Jimmer, Jackson, Logan, and James!