A few lucky Varsity basketball players from Washington and Lee had the unique opportunity and privilege to attend The Inaugural Elite 50 Camp hosted by our very own Justin Anderson. Wanting to give back to young men in his “neck of the woods”, Justin, with the help of his family, put together a full day camp and exhibition camps for selected players. As part of his Just a Chance Foundation, the clinic is an addition to his 2nd Annual Jus1gooddeed basketball camp for youth in Fredericksburg held on Saturday.
Justin currently plays for the Philadelphia 76er’s, but has led a fantastic career for such a young player. Growing up in Westmoreland and attending Montross Middle School, Justin went to high school at Montrose Christian in Rockville, Maryland where his basketball skills were honed by the Hall of Fame Coach, Stu Vetter. UVA was his college of choice and he excelled wildly getting drafted to the Dallas Mavericks in his third year. This past year he was traded to the 76er’s bringing him closer to home.
Forty-six young men were selected by Justin’s brother, Edward Anderson III, who attended numerous games last season talking with coaches and supporting the kids. Edward, who played for the University of Mary Washington, was instrumental in organizing the camp with the help from much of the family.
During the 8 hour camp, Justin was actively involved with the kids dancing, playing and even dunking and blocking shots. Head Coach George Hunter observed, “ I love how Justin interacted with them he was like the ultimate big brother. He was the biggest kid on the floor always smiling, dancing, but giving advice and teaching lessons.”
Justin also invited many of his friends to help coach at the camp including Seth Allen of Virginia Tech, numerous UVA teammates, and Colonial Beach’s own TT Carey, now playing with 1st Team All-League recognition in Switzerland.
Exhibition games were held on Saturday night and added to the fun. The first game included Devy Reed, George Hunter III, and John Day who received the MVP award for scoring 26 points. Coach Hunter said, “He was a spark plug and brought his team back to win the game.” The second game featured more of the older kids and was a fast paced exciting game. Keshon Johnson, D.J. Reed, Shane McNeil, and James McNeil all played well and gave their all.
Justin Anderson also sponsored a Coaches clinic featuring his former high school coach, Stu Vetter. Thirty area coaches attended including Coach Hunter and his assistants Tevin Wilson and Brandon Laws.
Coach Hunter summed up the camp well, “The love and passion Justin had for those kids showed every second with the huge smile he had on his faced. I was super proud to see how hard the guys worked and to hear how much it meant to them to be able to attend the camp.”
Concluding, Hunter continued, “This area is blessed to be represented by a man like Justin Anderson.” And as a community, we are glad he calls Westmoreland County ‘home.’