What is your way?
What is your approach when it comes to recruiting? What do you tell players who are interested, or maybe not interested?
A I want my kids to be hard-nosed, I want to be solid defensively, and I want to try to guard people. If there’s a loose ball, then they’re going to dive on the floor and get it. And if they don’t, then they’re just not going to play. But I don’t want people to think that we’re just going to try to win 35-33. We’re going to push the ball, we’re going to try to run. I want to be fundamentally sound, and I want to be efficient offensively. I don’t want the ball flying in the stands 24 times a game. It’s kind of basic basketball, the way I learned it. It’s basketball like Coach Stewart played it. I mean, I’m a little different, and we’re two different people, but I learned a lot from him, so people will see a lot of his style in our game.
Q What core values drive your approach?
A It depends on the player. Mainly, I talk about three things. First, I talk about academics. I sell the school. Some kids are really interested in the educational aspect, getting their degree, and starting a career. For some players, their top priority is playing NBA basketball. But I still try to sell them on the educational aspect and the importance of getting your degree. Your chances of playing in the league are not great, and I’m not saying you can’t do it, but you’ve got to have a backup. I also talk about basketball and the athletics department. I sell player development, what we can do to help you be a better basketball player. We have great facilities. We have an excellent strength and conditioning coach. We have outstanding athletic training. We have a nice locker room, we have a beautiful arena, and we have video technology that can help you get better. Another aspect of that is exposure. We’ve got the SEC Network with 92 million
subscribers, and we’re going to be on ESPN nine times, I think, which is the most ever. Every one of our games is going to be on TV. We’ve got media exposure. Then I talk about the social aspect. Columbia is a great place to live. There’s a vibrancy in this city that I have not seen anywhere else. There are a lot of opportunities to be successful, so you recruit kids differently. The bottom line, though, is you’re always trying to look for that kid who wants to do everything he can to win.
Q What do you want to be remembered for here at Mizzou? What will Kim Anderson’s legacy be?
A You know, I’d like to be remembered as a good coach who had a team that played hard every night. I want to win our share of games, and hopefully a championship, whatever championship that may be. I want to represent the university, represent Columbia and represent the state well. I grew up here, so I have a lot of Missouri pride in me. Overall, I just want to be remembered as a good coach.
Every day we work on the fundamentals, like dribbling and passing. We practice taking care of the basketball, and playing at a faster pace, but also playing at a pace that you don’t turn the ball over. It goes back to Norm’s theory in 1973: Play hard, play together, and get in condition. FIRST, I TALK ABOUT ACADEMICS
NOVEMBER 2014 INSIDE COLUMBIA