Ray Anderson is a 190cm guard from Wilmington, Delaware that was signed by WWU Baskets Muenster (Germany-ProB), but has left the team now on account of personal reasons. Last season he played very briefly with Maramajo Teguise Lanzarote (Spain-EBA). He played at Virginia Union (NCAA2) from 2013-2017 playing a total of 94 games. As a freshman he played 22 games averaging14.9ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 5.6%, FT: 65.2%. In hiss econd season at Virginia Union (NCAA2) he played 18 games averaging 14.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 46.4%, 3PT: 32.1%, FT: 62.1%. In his junior year at Virginia Union (NCAA2) he played 30 games averaging 20.8ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.3apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 51.1%, 3PT: 20.5%, FT: 74.5%. In his senior year at Virginia Union (NCAA2) he played 24 games averaging 17.7ppg, 4.7rpg, 3.4apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 49.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 75.9%. He spoke to germanhoops.com earlier in the summer about his basketball career.
Ray thanks for talking to germanhoops.com. Where are you at the moment and how was your summer?
Hello Miles, and no problem at all. I am currently in Münster, my summer was okay
How tough was the last year for you playing only a game in Spain. Do you in a way still feel like you haven´t started your professional career and are a rookie?
Last year was a little rough but I believe that everything happens for a reason. And I also feel as though I haven’t started my professional career yet
How big is your chip on your shoulder now? How badly do you want to show the people in Germany that your more than just a player, but an impact player?
The chip on my shoulder has always been big just coming from Wilmington Delaware, which is a state with great talent but we tend to get overlooked by the bigger states
Congrats on signing with WWU Baskets Muenster. It was very late in the summer that you finally found a team? Did your lack of play last season effect this summer´s transfer period for you and teams wanting your services?
Thank you so much! Yes I believe my lack of play last season effected teams not wanting my services because I kind of fell off of the radar
The WWU Baskets Muenster wanted your services and signed you. How blessed do you feel that you have received another shot and that this club didn´t give up on you?
I’m extremely blessed to have received another opportunity to play this game of basketball that I love. And I want to thank WWU Baskets Muenster for having me
Head coach Philipp Kappenstein was really interested in your services. He really lauded your focus. Has the last year changed your mentality more knowing that you can´t take anything for granted in the basketball business?
My focus has always remained the same
What sold you most on joining the WWU Baskets Muenster. Was the fact that they are a team riding a high having just moved up to the Pro B a reason for signing on the dotted line?
What sold me the most was how the manager Helge accepted me and made me feel like family. Sort of how my relationship was when I was at Virginia Union. A lot of team bonding
What do you know in general about the country Germany and it´s basketball. Have you had any friends play here in the past?
I don’t know too much about Germany except that my uncle was last stationed in Germany before retiring from the Air Force. I’ve had many of friends play in Germany last season, AJ English, Tyaire Ponzo-Meeks and Malcolm and Marcus Delpeche
Let´s talk about your game. Your scoring really stands out, but so does your quickness. What do you feel gets mentioned more your scoring or quickness?
I feel as though my scoring gets talked about more
You’re a scoring guard that can really do it all. If you had to compare your game to an NBA player who would best fit the description?
I would say Russell Westbrook
You’re a terrific defender that is as quick as lightening and can easily step into passing lanes and make deflections and steals. Even if your having a bad offensive day is your defense something that is always able to pick up your offense?
Yes defense is something I rely on when I’m not having a good offensive game. You can have a terrible offensive game but should never have a bad defensive game because defense is nothing but effort
Your outside shooting is still a work in progress. You shot under 25% in your last two seasons in school. What kind of adjustments will you make to become a better shooter as a pro?
Reps reps and more reps
You’re a guy that can easily fill up the stat sheet, but what do you feel is a hidden strength that doesn´t always get noticed right away on the court?
I feel as though me getting out in transition and getting my teammates involved goes unnoticed sometimes
In your rookie season you played briefly for Maramajo Teguise Lanzarote (Spain-EBA). Was your rookie season a nightmare or just an unlucky experience?
It was just an unlucky experience
You played at Virginia Union (NCAA2) from 2013-2017 improving your scoring and rebounding each season. What were your fondest memories in school?
My fondest memory by far was graduating on Mother’s Day weekend and giving my mom my degree
You had so many great scoring games, but which was your personal best game? Possibly your 28 points in the narrow win against Bluefield State or your 32 points in your tight win against Virginia State?
32 points against Virginia state just because they are our rivals
How did head coach Jay Butler groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?
Coach Butler did everything to groom and prepare me for my pro career
Who won a one on one in practice you or Marcus Hoosier?
I haven’t lost any 1 on 1 match ups at VUU
How did your 2018 summer work out plan look like? On what things will you be working on most so you will be fully prepared for your rookie season?
Morning run and then straight to the court for some drill work, eat, rest up and go back to the gym in the evening for a lift and pick up games
If you had to construct your very own NBA Rushmore which 4 heads would you pick old or new?
Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, Lebron James
What is your personal opinion of the never ending debate about who is better Lebron or Jordan?
Jordan 1A Lebron 1B
Tracy Mcgrady said that the Boston Celtics will be the Golden State Warriors of the future. Do you see that happening?
I don’t think so but we will see
Deandre Ayton was the #1 NBA draft pick in 2018. Do you feel that from sheer talent and experience that Luca Doncic should have been the real #1 draft pick?
I’m not sure I haven’t followed Doncic much
Lebron James makes amazing passes in every game, but really showcased it in a game this season against the Los Angeles Lakers. He already is like a point guard, but if he played just point guard and concentrated only on playmaking how many assists do you feel would he average per game?
He would average at least 10 assists.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Last movie I watch was Home Alone 2 lost in New York
Thanks Ray for the chat