Antonio Anderson announced Friday that he withdrew his name from the 2008 NBA Draft.
May 23, 2008
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - University of Memphis junior Antonio Anderson announced Friday that he withdrew his name from the 2008 NBA Draft and is returning to school for his final season of eligibility in 2008-09. The 6-foot-6 guard had officially entered his name in the NBA Draft in late April.
"I've decided to take my name out of the draft," said Anderson. "The feedback I received is that I would be taken in the second round, and I wasn't comfortable with that. I took my name out this morning and I'm coming back.
"I'm excited about my decision to return. As I told Coach (Calipari), I'm happy about coming back, earning my degree and playing another year of college basketball for Memphis."
In returning for his final season in the Blue and Gray, Anderson has the opportunity to be a part of the winningest four-year class in NCAA Division I history. The NCAA Division I record for most wins in a four-year span is 133 by Duke from 1998-2001. Anderson's class enters the 2008-09 campaign with 104 victories, which is the most wins in a three-year period in NCAA Division I history. Former Tiger teammate Joey Dorsey finished his career with 126 wins, the 10th-most for a four-year class in NCAA Division I history.
The Lynn, Mass., native enters his final year with 897 career points, needing only 103 to become the 44th player in Tiger basketball history to reach that milestone. He also has 371 assists (No. 9 on Memphis career chart) and 164 steals (No. 7) for his career. Anderson, known for his solid all-around play, has a career 2.3:1 assist-to-turnover ratio.
This past season, Anderson was the team's fourth-leading scorer at 8.6 ppg. He tied for the team lead with 49 steals and second on the squad with 136 assists. The Conference USA Tournament MVP led the Tigers in minutes played with 1,180 (29.5 mpg). Anderson was also named to Conference USA's All-Defensive Team for a second-straight year.
Memphis finished the 2007-08 campaign with an NCAA record 38 wins (38-2 record) and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament championship game. The Tigers, ranked No. 1 in both national polls for a school-record five-straight weeks during the season, swept the Conference USA regular season and tournament titles for a third-straight year.