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Posted: March 9, 2008 1:35 a.m.
Updated: May 10, 2008 5:01 a.m.

Canyon high senior Cody Anderson

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The first thing you notice about Canyon high senior Cody Anderson is his size.

At 6-foot-10 and 280 pounds, Anderson is an anomaly in this valley.

There have been Santa Clarita Valley basketball players who have possessed similar size, not many though.

But a major difference is that Anderson had so much of what the others didn't have - from feet up.

Anderson's footwork was impeccable.

He was light on his feet, able to move around the basket with or without the ball.

His big body allowed him to create space.

And he delivered often.

Anderson was a force inside and faced double- and sometimes triple-teams.

But the biggest kid in the Foothill prepared himself for the season and worked hard to counter this problem.

Anderson had the ability to drain a shot from every spot on the floor.

It not only aided him, but allowed the post to open up for the rest of the Canyon players.

Anderson made 14 3-pointers on the season and shot 30 percent from beyond the arc.

He wouldn't have accomplished any of this had he not worked at it in the offseason.

Anderson came to Canyon High as a 6-foot-4 freshman.

His sport was baseball.

As a pitcher and first baseman, he made the freshman baseball team.

It was probably size over strength that allowed him to hit a home run for the team.

But his stay with Cowboys baseball was brief.

Because of his size, Anderson devoted his time to basketball and quit baseball.

But it was a long road to get to where he is now.

Anderson couldn't do one push-up as a freshman, according to his friend and teammate Mark Lewis.

He also was always last when the Cowboys ran in the preseason.

Anderson freely admits that he still comes in in the back of the pack, but he's improved quite a bit.

His work with former JV and current varsity assistant coach Mike Motherspaw, another former Canyon player of similar size, helped his footwork improve.

From there, it was up to him.

Anderson was consistent in 2007-08.

In total, he averaged league highs in points per game (18.5) and rebounds per game (9.9). He had 14 double-doubles and scored a season-high 30 points Feb. 6.

In Canyon's two playoff games, he scored 25 points. He added 11 and 10 rebounds respectively.

That left little surprise that he would be our pick for the 2007-08 All--Santa Clarita Valley Boys Basketball Player of the Year.


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