Point guard Kyle Anderson was named one of 23 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, becoming one of four Pac-12 players to make the latest cut.
After acknowledging that it was an honor, he talked a little today about how his thumb injury threw off his shooting mechanics last season. After averaging 21.1 percent from the 3-point line as a freshman, he has more than doubled that number to 52.4.
Anderson originally injured his left thumb during St. Anthony High’s appearance in the state title game, then aggravated it further in three all-star competitions. He later had surgery on the thumb, which kept him out of basketball workouts all of summer 2013.
This past offseason, he had time to correct that — focusing on maintaining one smooth shooting motion and keeping his left arm from drifting away too early.
“I’ve always been a very good shooter,” he said. “I think freshman year, with my thumb, that really messed me up with the offseason, not getting repetitions year. I think that messed me up. I got back to the basics this summer.”