WVU Sports Hall of Fame
Written by Bryan Messerly
Jerome Anderson played men’s basketball from 1973-75, averaging double figures all three years in Morgantown.
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For his career, he averaged 12.6 points per game (12.1 points as a sophomore, 11.5 points as a junior and 14.1 points as a senior). Anderson shot 45.2 percent from the field for his career, averaged 34.8 minutes per game, had 202 career assists and averaged 6.4 rebounds per game.
The Mullens, West Virginia, native scored 971 points in 77 games, starting 71 of those contests. He scored career highs of 24 points against Pacific on Jan. 18, 1975 and Penn State on Feb. 19, 1975. Anderson had 10 assists against Boston University on Jan. 4, 1975, and 14 rebounds against Cornell on Jan. 10, 1973 and Syracuse on Feb. 11, 1974.
A two-time team captain who earned three varsity letters, Anderson is a member of the 1966-75 all-time men’s basketball team at WVU.
Anderson was selected in the third round of the 1975 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics and in the seventh round of the 1975 ABA draft by the San Diego Sails. He played two seasons in the NBA (1975-77) as a member of the Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers. Anderson averaged 2.6 points per game in his career and played on the Celtics’ team that won an NBA championship in 1976. He played with the West Virginia Wheels (AABA) in 1977-78.
The 6-foot-5 guard/forward later played and coached professionally in Sweden and Norway. Among his achievements as a coach is a BLNO championship with the Ulriken Eagles in 2007.
Anderson died in Heisinborg, Sweden, in 2009 at age 55 after a long illness. He left behind three sons, Julius, TeJay and Denzel and two daughters, Terri and Toni.