Christian Anderson’s signing on Thursday was like many others.
Family, friends, teammates and coaches exchanged funny remarks and posed for pictures with the Laurens District High School point guard who is headed to Belmont Abbey College.
Kaiden Sargent, Anderson’s nephew, charmed everyone in the auxiliary gym. There’s almost always a fetching kid present.
Anderson signed his letter of intent and mimicked signing it several other times as cameras clicked and bulbs flashed.
Boys’ basketball coach Ryan Walker pointed out that only 3 percent of college athletics sign athletic scholarships.
“This a time for us to celebrate Christian Anderson and his hard work in high school,” Walker said. “Christian was a critical part of everything we did the last two years. He was our point guard every single game. During that time, he made major improvement both as a player and a leader.”
Anderson averaged 14.7 points, four assists and three rebounds and had a positive ratio of assists to turnovers that was doubly significant because he had the ball so much of the time.
For two seasons, Anderson excelled with Walker has his coach.
“We were going through a coaching change,” Walker said. “He bought in, and when the best player buys in, the team does, too. His work ethic is very good. He led our team and helped raise our program.”
Belmont Abbey is a Roman Catholic liberal arts college of 1,493 undergraduates located in Belmont, N.C., on I-85 between Charlotte and Gastonia. Anderson intends to major in business.
Billy Taylor’s Crusaders finished 23-8 in 2018-19, 14-4 in Conference Carolinas, where they fell to Emmanuel in the semifinals of the league tournament.
Anderson said he also considered Erskine.