In nearly 50 years of watching high school basketball I could not believe what I saw Monday night at Lansing Eastern's Don Johnson Fieldhouse. Holt had just finished knocking Okemos out of the state tournament, 59-56. The second game pitted Kalamazoo Central, a team with one loss, against a good Ann Arbor Huron team. Kalamazoo's senior Doug Anderson put on a dunking clinic during the game that his Maroon Giants won 71-48, like I have never seen before.
Anderson stands 6-5 and he can jump over the moon. He had nine windmill dunks in the game and he scored in a variety of ways-- break aways, put backs and high feeds. He hit two long bombs off the backboard. It's a shame Anderson apparently isn't a better student-- he is looking at a junior college enrollment next fall and plenty of junior college coaches were in attendance Monday.
Anderson is a very good player but maybe not the best player on his team. When Kalamazoo Central plays Holt Wednesday the crowd will go wild watching him play. Holt will have a very tough time winning the game. If Kalamazoo makes it to the Breslin Center Anderson will feed off the crowd. He doesn't just dunk the ball he slams it in a way that reminds one and all of Jason Richardson, the former Spartan from Saginaw. He is truly an amazing player and he had the entire fieldhouse rockin' with his performance on Monday. On Wednesday I can only imagine how jacked up he'll be knowing his high school career is nearing an end and he'll be so close playing for a state title.