Anderson had an unorthodox release on his jump shot that resulted in virtually no spin being on the ball. He called it the knuckleball, and he used it to become the most prolific three-point shooter in UConn history. In his four seasons (2002-06), Anderson made 276 three-pointers, a UConn record.
Ben Gordon is second with 246 threes in three seasons and 24 fewer games. Anderson is remembered for his quick release, long range and clutch performances most notably his tying three-pointer near the end of regulation against Washington in the 2006 Sweet 16 and the scoring spark he provided off the bench. He scored 20-plus points as a non-starter 11 times in his career, another school record. He also scored in double figures 50 times off the bench, second only to John Gwynn's 55.
Anderson averaged 17.3 points during the 2004 NCAA Tournament, scoring 28 in the Elite Eight against Alabama.
After his junior year, Anderson had a scary experience, nearly dying because of an abscess in his leg.
Anderson averaged 11 points in his career, including a career-high 12.8 as a senior. He is 17th on UConn's all-time scoring list with 1,432 points.
Professional highlights: Anderson went undrafted after the 2006 season, tried out for several NBA teams but ultimately agreed to play in Greece. He then spent two seasons in Italy, become one of Europe's top scorers.
With making the NBA still a goal, Anderson sacrificed a lot of money by opting to play last season in the NBDL with Iowa and Fort Wayne. He averaged 16.1 points for Fort Wayne.
A Scary Time: Late in his junior season, Anderson developed a swollen spot on his right thigh, caused by an ingrown hair. Infection began to spread. His temperature reached 104 degrees, he had trouble breathing and his kidneys were failing.
He spent 13 nights in the hospital, several in intensive care, at Hartford Hospital and missed seven games. His family was told he might not live.
``At one point, the doctor told me that if he made it through the night, he would be OK,'' his father, Dave Anderson, said in 2006. ``I said, `Wait, wait, wait. What do you mean if? What are we talking about here?'''Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun