After originally seeking a release from the university, Marquette forward Juan Anderson has changed his mind and will return to the Golden Eagles’ program next season.
Anderson, a 6-foot-6 win from Oakland, California, had originally been pursuing a transfer in an effort to be closer to his family. However, it appears that he has now changed his mind and instead he will return to the team for the 2013-14 season.
Marquette put on the news via Twitter on Monday morning:
#mubb‘s Juan Anderson returning to Marquette for 2013-14 season. Sophomore forward had previously asked for release.
— MarquetteMBB (@MarquetteMBB) May 20, 2013
Anderson barely played as a freshman in 2011-12, averaging less than five minutes per game, but he evolved into more of a role player just this past season. In 13.0 minutes per game, Anderson averaged 2.7 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. The Golden Eagles advanced all the way to the Elite 8 this past season, but Anderson did not score despite appearing in all four of Marquette’s postseason games.
The Golden Eagles are returning a good chunk of talent next season, but the loss of Vander Blue to the NBA Draft does sting. Trent Lockett graduated so there could be the opportunity for Anderson to earn more playing time next season.
While Anderson could excel give more time on the court, he needs to clean up his efficiency numbers on offense if he hopes to accomplish that. Anderson shot just 33.0% from the field, including a 28.6% mark from beyond the arc this past season.
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