Update (January 30, 2014):
Scorers 1st is proud to announce that Mitchel Anderson has reached an agreement to play with BC Mess in Luxembourg (N2). We look forward to following Mitchel's play in Luxembourg the rest of this season.
For rookie free agent Mitchel Anderson, the process of becoming a professional basketball player has been a learning experience.
The 6-foot-5 swingman who captured two Division II NCAA championship titles and earned All-American honors has learned that patience and staying ready is all of a part of being a pro. After making an impact at the Scorers 1st Showcase in Las Vegas last July, Anderson has continued his training regiment and remained dedicated to finding the right opportunity overseas.
Mitchel Anderson recently took time to talk about his workout routine, personal goals toward his pro career and leaning heavily on words of encouragement:
Can you explain what your current training schedule entails -- what you go through daily/weekly in order to develop your game?
I workout in the weight room about 5 to 6 days a week, on various body parts. I also do plyometrics twice a week to work on my jumping ability and quickness. Along with that, I run about 2 to 3 miles on the treadmill everyday I'm at the gym. As far as basketball skills I get in the gym four times a week and while I'm there I work on ball handling, shooting both stationary and of the dribble, finishing at the basket, and some simple post moves.
What do you feel is your strongest attribute you can bring to a team?
The strongest attribute I can bring to a team is probably my shooting and ability to space the floor but also not being one dimensional and limited to just shooting and being able to finish at the rim. Another strong attribute I have is my feel for the game and being able to let the game come to me instead of forcing the issue.
You played on some championship teams at Cal Poly Pomona during your college career. What can you take from those experiences that will benefit you as a professional?
From playing on those championship teams I've learned a lot of things, like what type of team chemistry and team togetherness it takes to have a successful team along with the personal dedication you have to put in to be able to succeed at a higher level of competition. I also feel being in those games and situations have helped me gain experience in pressure situations and gave me more confidence in myself.
You had a strong showing at the Scorers 1st Showcase last summer as you prepared to play in Europe. What personal goals do you have in mind as you make the move from college basketball to the pro game?
My main goal is just to prove myself as a basketball player and continue the success I have had in my basketball career so far and show I have what it takes to be a professional.
Who do you lean on for mentoring or advice and what kind of words of encouragement have they offered as you prepare to venture overseas?
The person I take the greatest amount of advice from would be my college coach, Greg Kamansky. He's knows me the best as a basketball player and he's always told me the truth about my game and pushed me to be better. Through this process of trying to go overseas he has encouraged me the whole way and has instilled his faith that I'm more than capable of being a professional athlete. Along with the positive motivation, he lets me know that it's not going to be easy and it's a life style that I have to be dedicated to 100%.
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