As Jenn Anderson began to close in on her college decision over the past year, there were two constants — Bowling Green and Indiana. So when Bowling Green coach Curt Miller was hired as the new women’s basketball coach at IU on March 28, the pieces of the puzzle began to fit.
As a result, the 6-foot-3 junior center from Westfield made the decision two weeks ago to become the first commitment for the Hoosiers in the Miller era.
“IU was recruiting her all along, and Bowling Green was as well with Curt Miller,” Westfield coach Shane Sumpter said Thursday night. “I think she liked him, and it fell in place pretty well for her when he got the job. She spoke with him and then committed.”
Anderson has been no stranger to Bloomington. Sumpter said she made an official visit to IU last year when Felisha Legette-Jack and the previous coaching staff were recruiting her, and she’s made plenty of unofficial visits as well since her older sister attends Indiana.
Anderson averaged 20.5 points and 11 rebounds for the 14-9 Shamrocks this past season while shooting 61.3 percent from the field. She was named to the Indianapolis Star Super Team and will be a member of the Junior All-Stars South squad, which will play the seniors June 4 in Seymour.
Sumpter said she averaged better than 14 points a game as a freshman and has averaged a double-double every year since while playing in the Hoosier Crossroads Conference against highly-rated national recruits such as Brownsburg’s 6-3 Stephanie Mavunga and Hamilton Southeastern’s 6-3 Taya Reimer. Sumpter says Anderson can hold her own.
“As post players go, I don’t know there is anybody better in the state as far as a back-to-the-basket post player,” the Westfield coach said. “Stephanie Mavunga is highly regarded, but when you watch those two play, there’s not a lot of difference, but I’m biased.”
Sumpter says its Anderson’s soft hands and soft touch that separates her.
“Tremendous hands, a soft touch around basket and probably the best hands that I’ve coached. If she gets a hand on it, she’ll catch it,” he said. “She has nice post moves and understands angles very well in post. She’s really strong.”
Here’s a scouting report from just last month via Midwest Recruiting Report (MWRR):
Jenn Anderson, 6’3 F/C, Westfield High School 2013, Hoosier Elite – Imposing 6’3 physical force in the paint. Can utterly dominate opponents in the post with her size, strength, and skill. Establishes post position early in possessions and seals opponents off, at which point she is able to easily score off a variety of drop steps, hook shots, and pump fakes. Has excellent footwork and scoring touch in the post. Great rebounder, always boxing out her man and timing her jumps so that she gets the ball right as it comes off the rim. Solid position defender, using length and defensive instincts to shut down the paint. Needs to be more vocal. Tends to play passively at times, needs to stay up and maintain high energy level throughout the game.