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.