NBA Draft: Virginia’s Justin Anderson believes he can thrive with his strength

The scar left an imprint on his left pinkie finger, a visible reminder of the fracture Virginia junior forward Justin Anderson nursed that left him sidelined for eight games last season.

But Anderson said it no longer feels swollen, the increased mobility and decreased pain he experienced in the last month has allowed him both to palm the ball and play physically.

After Anderson worked out with the Lakers on Thursday in what marked his third pre-draft training session thus far, he believes those qualities will ensure he fully adapts to the NBA.

“I’m just going to be a complete and smart defender as well as a knockdown shooter,” said Anderson, who was named on the All-ACC second team after averaging 12.2 points on 46.6 percent shooting his junior year. “I’ll use my physicality and strength and be as complete as I can be. Whatever system I land, I know I can adjust.”

Johnson has also worked out with the Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs and plans to work out next Monday with the Boston Celtics. He senses an NBA team will likely select mid in the middle or late in the first round of the June 25 draft based on conversations with his agent as well as interviews during draft workouts and the NBA pre-draft combine two weeks ago in Chicago.

“I’m someone who can be confident, communicate, be a great teammates and knock down the open shots,” Anderson said. “I’m going to defend and be willing to learn new things.”


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