Virginia Union Freshman Walking In Big Shoes

Ray Anderson is averaging over 17 points per game for Virginia Union. (JBHE photo)

Virginia Union is one of the most accomplished basketball programs in Division II. The program has won three national titles and produced long-time NBA players like Charles Oakley and Ben Wallace. The once-dominant program has fallen on hard times in the past few years, but freshman Ray Anderson has the future looking bright.

The freshman guard is on pace to do something no Virginia Union player has done since Oakley: lead the team in scoring as a freshman. The Wilmington, DE native is averaging 16.7 points per game and shooting nearly 52 percent from the floor in just under 27 minutes per game.

Anderson got off to a fast start, scoring 32 points in his first-ever collegiate game against Tuskegee. He’s been fairly consistent, scoring in double-figures all but one of VUU’s first 10 games.

Anderson found his way to Virginia Union thanks to another former Panther legend, AJ English. Anderson said the former Division II Player of The Year and NBA Draft pick has been a guiding light to him.

“I wanted to follow in his footsteps,” he said.

If Anderson continues to get better, there’s little doubt he’ll have a chance.

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