After four shining years at the University of Texas, the 1.70-meter ranger and coach’s daughter Mike Anderson He seemed to be heading to the Prime Minister of America Basketball League: Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA).
But then, in 2012, it was not drafted.
Backtracking, but unchecked, Anderson continued to work on her game. A year later, she was picked up by the Swedish ladies of Visby.
What followed was a long journey through long hoops.
From Sweden to Luxembourg, to Italy, Greece and Turkey, Anderson spent the next ten years honing her craft across the other side of the Atlantic as she regularly faced off against Europe’s off-season WNBA players along the way.
In 2015, Serbia coach Marina Malikovic She saw Anderson while she was playing with the Balkanstro Torino. Impressed by what she saw, Maljovic invited the American to join her team at Galatasaray, a club she was also training for in the Turkish league.
Three years later, when Anderson re-appeared in the Turkish Super League for Besiktas, Malikovic called her up again but this time to ask if she would consider representing Serbia internationally.
Without hesitation, the Arkansas native accepted the offer. With talent so deep in the United States, it is not uncommon for Americans to forge an international career elsewhere.
And while there have been some delays in the process, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Anderson is available for Serbia just in time for EuroBasket 2021.
It was perfect timing.
The European powerhouse would go on to win the event, beating familiar rivals France in the final with their newest recruit topping all scorers.
Then, after a quick three months of claiming their continental crown of Serbia, Anderson was headed to Japan. Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
And although the Serbs failed to take another medal, with France avenging the European Basketball Championships in the bronze medal match, Anderson achieved yet another feat she once achieved even though it might not have been possible at all.
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While Anderson was digging up memories of herself with her new Serbian teammates, she was also inadvertently catching the attention of the WNBA, who were studying the new international closely.
Among her impressive performances on the world stage, Anderson put in a particularly strong showing against Team USA in the semi-finals of the Olympics. She led Serbia with 15 points, two rebounds and one assist.
Then her taste seemed to finally pay off.
At the beginning of this year, the dream that the Serbian American had for so long came true when she made the WNBA roster Connecticut Sun; He became, in fact, a 32-year-old freshman.
Although Anderson was subsequently relinquished in June by the WNBA 2022 finalists, her late-career boom became a case study in why there was no one perfect way to make a professional basketball career. Not least that Anderson will now be more powerful for Serbia, it was reported in late September with time on US paint under its belt.
As the best player in Group A of the World Cup qualifiers earlier this year, averaging 22.7 points, 4.3 assists and two steals per game to ensure Serbia are unbeaten in the event, Anderson’s dynamic on the field will be a crucial piece of the puzzle. If Serbia are advancing out of the group stage n Sydney.
Serbia will face France, Japan, Canada, Australia and Mali in the opening round of the tournament knowing that only four will qualify.
It won’t be easy.
But with the length of the journey that Anderson has taken to get to this point, she is well aware that nothing comes easy; It comes with determination, hard work and above all patience.
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