Meet Chris Anderson

AGE: 22.

HOMETOWN: Anaheim Hills, Calif.

Anderson3SUPERLATIVES: USD’s all-time leader in assists (560 entering the 2014-15 season), and assists in a season (216; 2013-14) Anderson is likely to shatter the school record for career steals this year. Not too shabby for an undersized point guard who didn’t draw much interest from the nation’s top basketball programs despite a stellar prep resume. “People tend to write you off in basketball when you don’t have height, but I’ve been small all my life, and I know how to utilize the skills I have.“

THE ART OF THE STEAL: Anderson’s on-court tenacity has established him as one of the most skilled pickpockets in West Coast Conference history, and he’s always looking for his next theft. “Most, if not all of the guys I play against are a lot taller than I am, but I feel like I have an advantage on them because of my quickness and anticipation. If they have a pattern with how they handle the ball, I’ll figure it out, and go get it.”

CIAO ITALIA!: Anderson says the team’s overseas jaunt to Italy last summer will stay with him forever. “Oh man, Italy was amazing! We were there 10 days, and saw so many incredible things, my head starts spinning just thinking about it. My older brother Jeremy plays basketball in Europe, and I’d love to get that opportunity as well. I still have some work to do here, though.”