Fresno State has been waiting to find out when forward Braeden Anderson would be cleared by the NCAA and eligible to play this season and now they know.
The 6-foot-9 Anderson, who came to Fresno State after failing to gain admittance to Kansas as a partial qualifier, will play his first game for the Bulldogs on Feb. 6 against Nevada-Las Vegas at the Save Mart Center. That is about six weeks later than they were expecting and hoping to have him, but late is better than never for a player who will add some needed physicality around the basket.
Fresno State has been out-rebounded in 10 of its 12 games this season including by a 42-26 margin in a 91-78 loss at UCLA on Saturday at Pauley Pavilion.
‘’I think that really helps our team obviously in terms of giving us another guy that can come in and give us a positive contribution,’’ Coach Rodney Terry said. ‘’He’s a physical player. He’s learning how to play on the offensive end in terms of his skill set and things of that nature.
‘’But I think him just knowing that there’s light at the end of the tunnel right now, that we have a date, has really energized him. He’s been much better in practice and much more engaged. We’re excited about his arrival and, again, he’s going to be a guy that comes in and gives us another physical body that can go in and bang around a little bit and hopefully help us on both ends of the floor.