Feb. 10, 2010
Fullerton, Calif. -
By Summer Mollo
CSF Sports Information Intern
As his Titan basketball career approaches the end, Cal State Fullerton senior forward Gerard Anderson has emerged as a team leader. He has peaked this year as one of Fullerton's prominent players after switching from power forward to small forward, a change he has liked.
"It is more demanding and there is a lot more movement, but it's more rewarding at the end of the game," said Anderson, who is in his third year on campus and is majoring in communications with a concentration in entertainment studies.
He has led the Titans in scoring in Big West Conference play, averaging more than 12 points per game through Feb. 6. He injured his hand earlier in the season -- twice. He was forced to play with a glove to protect sutures. He said that it was difficult to play with the glove and the stitches hurt, but while he was in that situation it made him play tougher mentally. He made a full recovery after a month.
Often, as he goes, so go the Titans' fortunes. When his hand was bothering him in December, the Titans went 2-6. He got healthy in January and the Titans were 5-4. In February, he scored all of his 12 points vs. Long Beach after halftime of an exciting overtime win on the fourth. Two nights later, he was held to 3 points and 2 rebounds as the Titans lost to UC Riverside.
Anderson originally attended Carson High but then transferred to Verbum Dei High in Los Angeles for his senior year. At Carson he averaged 17 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 2 steals per game. He played small forward.
After high school he attended Saddleback College in Mission Viejo where he says he had the most memorable times of his life. He had his own apartment, and felt the freedom to be on his own. He was a two-year starter and made the first-team All-Orange Empire Conference. At Saddleback he averaged 12 points and 7 rebounds.
When it was time to transfer, Gerard felt a passion to come to CSUF because of the players at that time - most prominently Bobby Brown, Frank Robinson and Scott Cutley. Brown is now with the Los Angeles Clippers, Robinson is with the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Developmental League and Cutley is with Entrerriano in Argentina playing basketball.
Anderson had to sit on the bench his first season as a redshirt at Fullerton. "I learned a lot.," said Anderson. "Cutley and the other seniors took me under their wing and showed me the ropes."
They also provided Gerard' most memorable moment as a Titan -- when Fullerton made it to the NCAA Tournament in 2008.
When Gerard isn't playing basketball he enjoys Italian food, taking care of dogs, and playing Rockband where he plays the drum set. He is also a fan of the 1990's Chicago Bulls team.
After Fullerton he hopes to play professional basketball or coach basketball to those in high school.
"Be mentally strong," is the advice that Gerard gives to younger athletes who want to be successful in sports.
His goal for the season is simple and the only one, "to win the Big West Tournament."