Anderson among rebound leaders; stands only 6-2

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Jake Anderson, the fifth-year senior transfer from Northern Illinois, has brought intensity and leadership to the Cyclones this season.

After Saturday’s tough loss to Cal in the Big 12 / Pac-10 Hardwood Classic, it was interesting to read Anderson’s post-game comments.

“At times, we have a sense of slacking off,” Anderson was quoted as saying. “We have to have more a killer instinct.”

Those comments are interesting because you would be hard pressed to find another player, who exhibits more determination than the Chicago native.

Anderson is 6-2. That is not the profile of a team’s leading rebounder, but the intense and intuitive Anderson is averaging 8.4 boards per game (tied for 84th nationally). Among the NCAA’s top 100 rebounders, Anderson is one of eight guards or guard/forwards listed. He is, however, the shortest. Josh Slater of Lipscomb (9.2 avg.) is 6-3 and his teammate (John Brown, 10.8 avg.) is 6-4.

What has made Anderson such a key part of the Cyclones’ success has been his relentless effort. His rebounding statistics, despite his short stature, would suggest that he’s maximizing his potential on the boards. His comments, however, suggest he thinks he can do more.

That’s the definition of a leader and a winner.

Reader feedback is welcome at 2minutetimeout@iastate.edu. You can also follow me on Twitter at: twitter.com/SteveMalchow

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