Tandem's Anderson ready for college hoops career

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Jalen Anderson made his college basketball choice official Thursday afternoon at Tandem Friends School. Now he says it's time to get in shape.

"Coach told me I had to pass a conditioning test," Anderson said. "Down and back is one. You've got to do that 20 times. So I've got to get conditioned this summer."

The 6-1 guard will continue his college basketball career at West Virginia Wesleyan, a Division II school coached by another Tandem Friends graduate, Jack Meriwether. Anderson committed to the Bobcats last month, and signed with the school in front of a crowd of family and friends on Thursday.

A Greene County native who first started playing basketball in second grade, Anderson spent the past two seasons at Tandem. He averaged 20.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game for the Badgers as a senior.

He admitted Thursday that signing with a college program was an opportunity he wasn't sure would ever come.

"This is what I think about every day," Anderson said. "When I was in ninth grade, coming into high school, I never even pictured myself playing college ball. I would just like, try to put in as much work as I could, but I just really couldn't see it. And today is the day. I'm just all excited."

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