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October 10, 2013

Junior Camille Anderson sold early on NC State



Buford (Ga.) High junior combo guard Camille Anderson didn't want to wait any longer in giving her verbal commitment to NC State.

The 5-foot-8 Anderson becomes a third generation Division I athlete in her family. Her father, Deollo Anderson, played strong safety at Michigan from 1992-1996, and her grandfather, Dennis Mosley, rushed for 1,267 yards and 12 touchdowns on 270 carries, and finished with 16 touchdowns total en route to team MVP at Iowa in 1979. Mosley also ran track for the Hawkeyes and was drafted in the ninth round by the Minnesota Vikings in the 1980 NFL draft. Her aunt, Joh'vonnie Mosley, is a junior at Kent State, who does the strength events in track and field.

Anderson thought it over with her family over the weekend before making the call to NC State first-year coach Wes Moore on Sunday.

"I really like the campus and the library really interested me," said Anderson, 16, who wants to study in the biomedical engineering field. "Coach Moore is a good coach. I really enjoyed being around the team.

"He asked me if I was sure. He was very excited. He told me I made his week and year."

Anderson knew Arkansas transfer Dominique Wilson, who played at Powder Springs (Ga.) McEachern High before going to Fayetteville, Ark., for a year and then she transferred to NC State. Wilson and Anderson both are from the same traveling team program —A.O.T. (Athletes of Tomorrow). Anderson was born in Detroit before moving to the Atlanta area when she 9 years old.

Anderson called Moore a "live coach" due to his enthusiasm, and she believes he is similar to her prep coach Gene Durden.

"They coach in the exact same style," Anderson said. "I shoot the three pretty well and the pull-up jumper is pretty good. I need to improve scoring off the move a little bit better, and my mid-range game."

Durden has known Moore for over 20 years. Durden previously coached at Dade County High in Trenton, Ga., for 14 years, which is just outside of Chattanooga, Tenn. Moore coached at Tennessee-Chattanooga prior to taking the NC State job.

Buford has sent numerous players to Division I schools in recent years, including Tennessee redshirt freshman Andraya Carter, Notre Dame freshman Kristina Nelson, Georgia Tech freshman Kaela Davis, Elon freshman Mackenzie Darrah, Lipscomb freshman Maya Dillard and current senior Bree Horrocks, is verbally committed to Purdue. Former Auburn player Blanche Alverson is another Buford graduate, and is playing overseas this year.

Anderson looks forward to playing against Nelson and Davis in the ACC.

"It's a pretty good and tough conference to play in," Anderson said. "When we play [high school] teams it is easier for me to score because I've had 6-5 standing in the post the whole time. It's easier for me to finish a layup in a game where the players are 5-9. Kaela [Davis] played really good defense at Buford."

Durden expects Anderson to develop into a good player for the Wolfpack.

"I think they are getting a tremendous player that will really help in a lot of different ways," Durden said. "She can play shooting guard and can play point guard. Her strengths are shooting the ball and she has great three-point range. She has the ability to take the ball to the basket and does a great job of defending."

Buford won AA state titles from 2009-2011, and finished runner-up in 2012, so knowing how to play for big goals isn't something Anderson will need to learn in Raleigh. Buford reached the Elite Eight last year.

"It's about having a winning culture and doing things the right way," Durden said. "I think she'll fit in Coach Moore's system really well. It's her time to step up and continue our tradition."

NC State started to recruit Anderson last July after she played with A.O.T., and Wolfpack assistant coach Nikki West led the charge. Anderson unofficially visited NCSU this past weekend and knew it was the place for her to attend college.

ACC programs Clemson and Pittsburgh also offered, plus Georgia State, Belmont, and Kennesaw State. Louisville, New Mexico, Alabama, Ole Miss, Miami, Tennessee-Chattanooga and Tennessee-Martin, also showed interest.

Durden expects her to improve her point guard skills and mid-range game over the next two years before departing for college.

"She is very strong and plays really physical as a guard," Durden said.


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