June 16, 2008
BERKELEY - University of California forward Ryan Anderson, a first-team All-Pac-10 forward who led the conference in scoring last season, announced Monday that he will forego his remaining collegiate eligibility in order to participate in the NBA Draft.
"This decision was incredibly hard for me," said Anderson, who initially declared for the draft April 3, but did not hire an agent. "It's been a great process, and I received really positive feedback. Cal has done so many great things for me. It has been a great couple of years. Now, I feel I am ready to take my game to the next level."
Anderson averaged 21.1 ppg and 9.9 rpg in 2007-08, setting a school record for most points by a sophomore in one year with 697. The Bears' seventh conference scoring champion in the last 15 years, he also became the first Cal player to compile at least 600 points and 300 rebounds (328) in one season. His rebound average ranked third in the Pac-10.
In addition to his all-conference honor, Anderson was named a second-team All-American by The Sporting News and a third-team All-American by collegehoopsnet.com. He was chosen to all-district teams by the NABC and the USBWA.
"We are obviously disappointed but excited for Ryan as he moves ahead with his basketball career," said Cal head coach Mike Montgomery. "These are tough decisions that young players are faced with. We wish Ryan well and would like to thank Ryan for his contributions to California basketball."
Not only did Anderson's 697 points rate in 2007-08 as the second-highest total in Cal history, but he also grabbed more rebounds (328) than any Bear since Mark McNamara had 341 in 1982. From the outside, he made 64 three-pointers, just four shy of the Cal record and tied for second on the school's season list.
Anderson ranks 16th on Cal's all-time scoring list with 1,236 career points - a school record for a sophomore - while he is ninth in three-pointers with 122, eighth in rebound average (9.0 rpg), sixth in three-point percentage (39.6%), fifth in scoring average (18.7 ppg) and third in free throw shooting (84.1%).
Anderson scored a career-high 36 points at Nevada on Nov. 28, 2007, one of four 30-point efforts during the year. He had 33 points at Washington, 32 vs. Arizona State and 30 against Arizona. Anderson set his personal best with 17 rebounds at Oregon State on Jan. 12, 2008, and matched the total at Washington Feb. 2.
Anderson is the sixth Cal player to enter the NBA Draft before exhausting his eligibility since 1994, following Jason Kidd and Lamond Murray in '94, Shareef Abdur-Rahim in 1996, Jamal Sampson in 2002 and Leon Powe in 2006. Tony Gonzalez, who played both football and basketball for the Bears, also entered the NFL Draft after his junior season.
The 2008 NBA Draft will be held June 26 in New York.