Is Boston College’s Ryan Anderson the Most Underrated Player in ACC?

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It seems like it would be difficult to go overlooked when you’re a 6-foot-9 forward who averaged nearly a double-double in the Atlantic Coast Conference, but Boston College‘s Ryan Anderson seems to have pulled off that very feat.

It probably doesn’t help that the junior from Lakewood, California is playing for a program that hasn’t been to the NCAA Tournament since 2009 and has recently limped through some very bad years, but thanks to Anderson and teammate Olivier Hanlan, that could change this season. Another thing that could and probably should change is that Anderson will see his profile and NBA Draft stock rise.

Last season, he averaged 14.9 points and 8.0 rebounds per game for the Eagles, and he poured in 20 or more points eight times, including 22 against NC State and 23 in a loss to Duke late in the season. Anderson does most of his damage from 15 feet and in, though he has the ability to step out and knock down the occasional three, like when he went 2-for-4 in an early-season loss to Baylor.

Still, Anderson enters the season with very little fanfare, having been left off of the preseason All-ACC team and being evaluated as either a second-round pick or going undrafted at this point by ESPN.com, which ranks him as the 175th-best prospect in the country.

The knocks on him are that he’s a bit undersized for the power forward position, though there’s certainly reason to believe he could develop into a stretch four at the NBA level if he’s able to increase his accuracy from 3-point range. He is also just an average athlete, which takes away the ability to play small forward at the next level at this point.

That said, Anderson does come into the 2013-14 season with the opportunity to both help put Boston College back on the map and prove to his critics that he not only belongs in the conversation as one of the top forwards in the ACC, but that he can play in the NBA as well.

Jeff is an ACC basketball writer on RantSports.com.  Follow him on Twitter @jekelish and “Like” him on Facebook.

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