Senior Forward
Ryan Anderson
Ryan's Four Year Composite Varsity Stats
Games            -  71
2Pt Field Goals-  43-107-40%
3Pt Field Goals-  44-132-33%
TL Field Goals-   87-239-36%
Free Throws -   55- 76- 72%
Points      -  373 - 5.3ppg
Rebounds -  103 - 1.5rpg
Blocks      -   1
Assists     -  40
Steals       -  54
Photos Courtesy Of  Mr. Tim Cooper
One year ago Ryan Anderson built a reputation for hitting clutch
three's when we needed them most.  In last year's
Bluegrass-Buckeye Classic at the Cintas Center against GCL
Badboy Cincinnati Elder, it was Anderson who shined by hitting
three long range jumpers, including a pair of bookend three's - one
from each side of the arena in back-to-back fashion giving the
Mustangs the lead in the game, putting his team in a postition to
win.  In the All "A" State Tournament it was a Ryan Anderson
Three-ball that sparked a Mustang rally that would lead his team to
victory against University Heights and another just ahead of the
buzzer in the third quarter of the semi-finals matchup with NCC
that would be the turning point in the game, giving the Mustangs
momentum going into the fourth quarter propelling his team into
the State "A" Finals with the win over the rival Thoroughbreds.

When the Mustangs were struggling in the 38th District
Tournament opening round vs Bracken County it was Anderson who
hit the clutch three-pointer that gave his team a one-point lead at
39-38 and should have been the game-winner after the Polar Bears
traveled on the ensuing possession with mere seconds left to play
earning himself a spot on the 38th District All-Tournament Team.   
He would connect on 35 long-range bombs throughout the course of
the season to lead the 2003-04 Mustangs in that category.

But that was then and this is now.  Coming into this season the
dead-eye Junior who had started nearly every game, put 197 points
on the board,  shot 41% from behind the arc, and led the Mustangs
from the free-throw stripe, hitting on 40-51 attempts for an amazing
78% would lose his shooting touch and his confidence this season.
Nothing can be more frustrating for a senior than to know what
he is capable of but failing to deliver.  Such was the case in Ryan
Anderson's senior basketball season.  The big righthander, who
everything had come easy to the previous year struggled with his
shot early on after nailing a pair of three's in the season opener at
home against St. Henry where it appered to be business as usual.
But failure to connect vs Campbell County in the Crosstown,
Fleming County at home, or in Winchester vs Clark County had
Anderson scratching his head and searching for answers.

The answer seemed to come at the Cintas Center where he had
shined the previous year vs Elder, and under the bright lights on
the 94 foot floor, Anderson got his game together, scoring 11
points including three-threes contributing to a major Mustang
victory over a rough and physical Cincinnati Oak Hills, our first
ever at the home of the Xavier Musketeers.  A pair of threes next
out in the 5th/3rd Classic vs Clay County and another which
contributed to our upset of LexCath seemed to signal that
Anderson was back.  While it appeared that he had it back
together, he would forget where he put it for the remaining sixteen
games in which he would hit only one additional three-pointer, that
against Paris in the finals of the 10th Region All-A Tournament.  It
is hard to stay positive when things are going so badly.  When you
shoot expecting to miss, you are rarely disappointed and therefore
Anderson changed his identity from being a prolific scorer to
being a support player who specialized in getting the ball to those
who were.  He lost his starting spot in the lineup and relegated
himself to contributing where he could - making his teammates
better at practice, where he would work endlessly with Coach
Code on a daily basis to regain his shooting touch.  It just didn't
happen.  Anderson finished his senior year hitting on a total of
only 9 three's as compared to 35 the year before and put up only
65 points, down 132 from the his junior season and even dropped
his free-throw percentage from an impressive 78% to a very
ordinary 64%.  To say Ryan Anderson had a tough senior season
would be an understatement.
Like Evan McDole, Anderson's ticket is baseball, where he has
been a mainstay in the Mustang pitching rotation since his
freshmen season.  He is looking forward to a big senior season on
the baseball diamond and hopes to continue his baseball career for
the next four years while playing in college. We wish him the best.
Ryan Anderson was the second
leading scorer on his freshmen
basketball team that won twenty
games and finished as 10th Region

He scored 295 points that season.  
He, Michael Schenk, and Steven
McCarthy combined to average 30
points per game among them.