Hanging from the rafters of the DAC are two retired numbers from the Men’s Basketball program. The most recent one is the “00” of Malik Rose, arguably the most successful grad from the program. The other number is Michael Anderson’s “10”.
Much like the man he shares the rafters with, Anderson was a Philly kid. A graduate of the George Washington Carver High School of Engineering and Science, the 5’11 guard made the most of his four years with Drexel. Anderson led the Dragons to their first NCAA tournament appearance in 1986 on a team that also featured forward John Rankin. Drexel beat Hofstra to win the ECC tournament before going on to lose the eventual national champion Louisville Cardinals. Anderson scored 18 points with 8 assists in that game.
His basketball accolades are abundant. It should be noted that the NCAA did not universally implement the 3-point line until 1986. Playing his first two years without it, Anderson was able to amass 2,208 points for his career, a number that still sees him at the top of the career leaderboard. He holds the school record for points in a year, 670, in the 1987-88 season. Only Todd Lehmann had more assists in a single season than Anderson, however his 724 career assists are the most all-time. There are not many categories where you will not see Anderson’s name at or near the top of the list.
All of that equated to two conference player of the year awards to put on his resume.
Like Rose, Anderson stuck with the Dragons for his four years. His hard work paid off, as Anderson found himself selected by the Indiana Pacers as the 73rd out of the 75 players taken in the 1988 NBA Draft. He never made it on the court with the Pacers, but he made the most of two 10-day contracts with the San Antonio Spurs, which he parlayed into a contract for the remainder of the season mid way through February.
Anderson played just 36 games for the Spurs in the 1988-89 season, starting 12 of those. He scored in double figures nine times, which included a double-double against the Los Angeles Clippers that saw Anderson post 10 points and 12 assists. That would be his only NBA season. He rounded out his basketball career playing four years in Spain where he won the league’s MVP award in the 1995-96 season. He finished his career in Turkey, where he won a championship, and Croatia.
Last month, he received another honor to add to his cap. Anderson was one of twenty five to be inducted into the Philadelphia Black Basketball Hall of Fame. The honor is well deserved as Anderson was one of the first real stand out players to don the Drexel Blue and Gold.
The Always a Dragon team would like to congratulate Michael Anderson on yet another accomplishment in his successful basketball career.