|Posted by Brian Dickmann on March 23, 2017 at 5:20 PM|
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We now know the extent of the back injury that caused Green Bay’s prized freshman point guard to miss over a third of the past season.
According to Scott Venci of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Anderson suffered a fracture in his back only 7-minutes into Green Bay’s 83-73 win over Cleveland State at the Resch Center back on January 23rd. The significance of the injury at that time wasn’t known with some speculation that it might be back spasms.
“We go day-by-day to see how he recovers from it,” head coach Linc Darner told the Press-Gazette on February 2nd. “I couldn’t tell you if he’s going to be out another week or two weeks or three. I just go with what my trainers tell me and what our doctors tell us.”
Anderson would not play again as the injury ultimately cost him the final twelve games of the season. Amazingly, he suited up for Green Bay’s quarterfinal loss against UIC in the Horizon League Tournament and was available to play in an emergency situation had Darner chosen to do so.
But without having practiced for weeks the coaching staff decided not to play Anderson in the conference tournament loss to UIC. He also missed Green Bay’s loss at UMKC in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational.
According to Venci, Anderson should make a full recovery and right now is “at 90 percent” and “good to go for all off-season activity.”
Anderson likely would’ve been a candidate for the Horizon League’s All-Freshman Team having finished the season averaging 9.8 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. He also led the team in assists (2.7) and minutes (28.5) per game and was one of the team’s best shooters knocking down 37.6% from beyond the arc and 80.4% from the free throw line.
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