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6'10" Stanley Player Stands above rest

By: Sean Towle
By: Sean Towle

Whether it's sitting in study hall, marching in band practice or on the basketball court, Evan Anderson sticks out.
It probably helps that he wears a size 18 shoe and stands 6 feet 10 inches tall.
"I've always been a head taller than everyone else," Anderson says.
Division 1 universities are taking notice and contacting him about playing basketball at their school.
"I went to Wisconsin and took a tour of the Kohl Center and went down to Marquette and talked to the coaches there," Anderson adds.
All of this before he's even played a game of high school basketball.
Evan's only 14 and is just in eighth grade, meaning there still is a chance he could grow more.
"I hope so," he says smiling.
Evan wasn't a basketball fan until his elementary school coach got him out on the court.
Even then, he didn't think he was any different than anyone else.
"I just thought I was just another player who scored more than everyone else," he says.
But his high school coach and social studies teacher sees his ability and has already been given the nickname, 'Iceberg'.
"He's just scratched the tip of the iceberg of what he can do. He's got a world of potential," Stanley-Boyd High School basketball coach Brian Rogers says.
Most people would think someone 6'10" would have tall parents, but Evan stands a foot taller than his father.
"He's always looking up at me," Anderson adds.
Not too many stores carry the 6'10" line, so clothes shopping is a little tough.
"I like wearing shorts because in pants there aren't many so if you find them you have to buy them. No matter how ugly they are," he says.
And the shoes?
"Eastbay."
Evan balances school with his travelling AAU team and still maintains a "B" average and his humility.
"He knows there's a lot of people watching him and he doesn't let it affect him," Rogers says.
Next year Evan hopes to play on the school's varsity team with his brother Jon. A 6'1" senior guard.
"It presents a lot of interesting opportunities," Rogers adds.
Evan's first dunk came last year and he didn't take long to make it count. One shattering a backboard in the gym.
"All my friends got their cell phones out and started taking pictures," Anderson says.
Evan will probably get used to more cameras as he makes his way through high school, but for now he's learning how to march in the middle school band.
But Evan and his coaches prefer his marching down the court and dunking on opponents.


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