Dwight Anderson is a 185cm guard from Minneapolis, Minnesota that will be starting his professional career in Germany with the EN Baskets Schwelm. He began with his basketball career in 2012 with Gillette CC (JUCO). He moved to Georgia Coll(NCAA2) in 2014 and as a senior played 29 games averaging14.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.1apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 50.7%, FT: 75.9%.He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.
Dwight thanks for talking to German Hoops. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been?
Good morning eurobasket, at the moment I am in Minneapolis, Minnesota. My summer has consisted of basketball and working a part time job with youths who are out past their curfews and would get sent to our program “180 degress”.
Congrats on signing with German Professional team Schwelm. How does it feel going overseas soon to start a new adventure?
It feels great to get an opportunity to play the game of basketball I’ve been playing my whole life to play in another country and experience how they play basketball in Germany.
How vital was Your ex teammate and friend Terrell Harris helping make you the choice to join the EN Baskets Schwelm?
Terrell is a great teammate and someone who I consider a lifelong friend we talk about everything but once I got the offer to play to for Schwelm I talked over things with my high school coach who helped me more with this decision. I think I was so excited I knew I was going to take this offer right away and make my way up from whatever team I landed on.
What sold you most on signing on the dotted line with the EN Baskets Schwelm? What really told you inside that this was the best opportunity for you?
Things that sold me to sign on the dotted line was an opportunity! There are so many guards who play the game of basketball that chase the same dream but by Schwelm seeing something in me I can bring to their team was enough to start here.
You got signed pretty early in the summer. How was your first summer signing process? Did you have more interest from teams in general and how soon did you notice that it´s all a business?
My first summer process was a great experience because I didn’t know what to expect but I learned a lot from it and by my high school coach giving me insight on his past experiences when he had chances to play overseas helped out also. Schwelm was the first team I heard from in the process when I talked to my agent and I knew it was all business when I was reading my contract, but it’s always been all business anytime I step between the lines!
Let us talk a little about your game. If you had to compare your game to an NBA player who would choose as the guy that most likely resembles your play?
My game consists of getting my teammates shots they feel comfortable taking and making the game easier for them. Once I am able to get my teammates going then things will start opening up for me to score the ball but I play my game through the system so I am going to take the best shot for the team. NBA player that resembles my play would have to be Patty Mills who is more of a jumping shot guard, can hit the open shot and runs the team pretty good when his name is called.
The first thing that really stands out in your game is your three point shooting. Would you classify yourself first as a scoring point guard?
I can score the ball but whatever the team needs me to do I am willing to do! I have sacrificed a lot my senior year at Georgia College to do what was best for the team, which was playing the point guard position but I would say I am a natural scorer.
You can fill up the stat sheet, but what do you feel is a hidden strength in your game that doesn´t get noticed right away?
A hidden strength in my game that doesn’t get noticed is my scoring ability! I played with two All-Americans at Gillette College, Muhammed Ahmed and Lorenzo Bonam both went off to play Division one but I averaged just as much as they did. Playing with another All-American Terrell Harris my senior year at Georgia College who had an outstanding senior year but when you play with these caliber type of players sometimes the 14-16 point scorers don’t get much credit but that’s sacrificing for the team because I’m pretty confident in my game where I can score 20+ a night also.
You had some big games as a senior, but what was your season highlight? Perhaps the wins against Columbus State or Flager?
Yes, those where my two bigger scoring games but a lot of teams would focus in on Terrell so that would open things up for me to score the ball.
You started your basketball career at Gillette CC (JUCO) where you were able to convince everyone of your basketball abilities. How confident were you from the start that your stay would be a short one that moving up to the NCAA 2 was something that would be a reality?
I had to build up my confidence up throughout the way but two of my high school coaches Reggie Perkins and Jamin Cook who I give a lot of credit for helping me build my confidence from high school into college. My junior college coach was a great coach by the way who kept believing in me and I knew if I keep working I would end up in good position to finish my last two years out at a University.
How did head coach Mark Gainous groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career at Georgia College?
Ganious helped me prepare for the professional level by moving me to the point guard position because I played off the ball a year before, so I was able to expand my game by playing the point guard position.
What was your fondest moment of Terrell Harris at Georgia State? He tore up the NCAA2?
My fondest moment with Terrell Harris at Georgia College would have to be by him sacrificing the lifestyle of a college student by not going out and having laser focus on what he wanted to accomplish. He definitely had an unforgettable senior season that went down as one of the greats in school history and the Peach Belt.
How did Terrell Harris and you make each other better at Georgia College?
Terrell and I would work out together whenever we can. We would compete at practice and every time we had open runs we would guard each other majority of the time because we love to compete!
Who won a one one on one in practice you or Terrell Harris?
One on one in practice I would say I won, but I’m sure he felt he won some. Everybody has their days when they lose some.
Lebron finally won an NBA title for the Cavs. Where does his legacy stand now when comparing him to the all time greatest in the NBA?
Lebron legacy keeps growing by him getting to the NBA finals pretty much every year so I believe he is one of the greats because he was able to lead his team down a 3-1 series which was never done in NBA history
If you had to construct your own NBA Rushmore, what 4 NBA heads would you construct?
Michael Jordan, Bill Russell, Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan.
Prince was before your time, but since your from Minneapolis, how present was was his music as you were growing up?
I honestly never listened to Prince because that is music for my mom generation, but it was tragic news knowing he passed away.
What was the last movie that you saw?
The Purge: Election Year it was a good movie! I recommend to go see.
Thanks Dwight for the chat.