Perseverance has paid off for Kansas City Kansas Community College basketball star Erin Anderson.
Her basketball career in serious jeopardy because of two torn ACL's and two torn meniscus, Anderson's career will continue this fall at Missouri Western University in St. Joseph. She is the first member of KCKCC's national championship team to sign with a four-year university.
"It was just a better fit," said Anderson who was recruited by several colleges including Missouri Southern and Newman University.
"Extremely deserving of a scholarship and the opportunity to play at a high level NCAA Division II school," says KCKCC Coach Joe McKinstry, who felt Anderson would have earned All-American honors had the Jayhawk Conference not adopted a policy of limiting the number of All-American nominations to three. "She's as good or better than half the players on the All-American teams.
"She's the epitome of a player to coach. You never have to question her commitment or effort, just great to have at practice. She has only one speed, fast, which has helped set her apart. She knows no other way than to play as hard as possible, offensively, defensively, rebounding, ball-handling, which is going to let her continue at the highest level of competition."
A 2011 graduate of Edwardsville High School in suburban St. Louis, Anderson was sidelined twice in high school by injury. She was recruited out of high school by Southwestern Illinois only to suffer a second torn ACL that all but ended her playing career. However, in the spring of 2014 Blue Devil assistant coach Shaun Birki recruited Anderson and Cierra Gaines to enroll at KCKCC although they would redshirt that semester. A first team All-American last year, Gaines and Anderson will be re-united next season as rivals. Gaines, who was on hand for Anderson's signing, plays for Missouri Western rival Central Missouri.
In her first season, Anderson was selected the Blue Devils' most valuable player. The team leader is steals with 3.0 per game, she averaged 7.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists and then followed up this season by leading the Blue Devils in scoring with 15.5 points a game while averaging 5.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 3.6 assists.
A first team All-Jayhawk and All-Region VI selection, Anderson was named to the NJCAA All-Tournament team after leading the Blue Devils in scoring in the national tourney.
PHOTO IDENT Erin Anderson signs
Surrounded by (from left) KCKCC assistant coaches Chamissa Anderson and Dawn Owens and head coach Joe McKinstry, a happy Erin Anderson signed a letter of intent to continue her basketball career at Missouri Western University. (KCKCC Photo by Alan Hoskins)