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Minnesota native, basketball player aims to inspire youth

Junior Dwight Anderson came to Georgia College from Minnesota to finish out his college basketball career in the south.Junior Dwight Anderson isn’t accustomed to soaring summer temperatures or hearing the gentle twang of southern accents on a daily basis. The Minnesota transplant came to Georgia College in fall 2014 to finish out his college basketball career somewhere a bit different than what he’s used to.

“One of the main reasons I came to Georgia College is because I knew I wanted to go somewhere hot,” said the junior. “I also really liked the feel of the university when I visited.”

Anderson, originally from Minneapolis, Minn, attended Minneapolis Washburn High where he played basketball throughout his four years there. He most recently graduated from Gillette College in Wyoming with a degree in general studies. The decision to attend college in Wyoming was twofold for Anderson.

“I wanted to be somewhere where I could focus on school and play basketball at the (National Junior College Athletic Association) NJCAA Division I level…so Gillette College was where I went.”

Anderson holds several records at Gillette College including most points in a game at 42 points and most free throws made in a game with 18. At Georgia College he’s shown himself to be just as fierce on the court, averaging 11.8 points per game, including three 20-point games this year.

In the classroom, Anderson is a psychology major, which stems from his love of basketball and his past.

“I had a coach that was just a really great guy and I looked up to him,” said Anderson. “He was such a good role model to me, and that’s why I decided to major in psychology.”

After graduating from Georgia College, Anderson hopes to use his expertise on the court and off to work with kids. 

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