Riverton Hoopsters Shine at Collegiate LevelJan 27, 2016 09:18AM ● By Greg James
By Greg James | [email protected]
South Valley - Only four years have passed since Brandon Sly and Austin Anderson were teammates at Riverton High School. As fate would have it they are now back at it, just farther south.
The Silverwolves basketball stars are teamed up again at Utah State University Eastern. The Golden Eagles attained both former Riverton players via different life paths.
The Golden Eagles have a 14-7 overall record this season. Sly is the starting point guard and a consistent top team leader. Anderson took over after several injuries to other players and has earned his playing time. Sly currently averages 13.9 points per game and Anderson 7.1.
Sly scored a season high 25 points against Treasure Valley in the Golden Eagles 105-68 victory. The 5’10” sophomore is playing in his second year in Price. He is the ninth leading scorer in the Scenic West Conference and is seventh in assists. He leads the conference in three-point field goal percentage at 46 percent.
Anderson, a sophomore, is shooting 46 percent from the field and 39 percent from behind the three-point line. He scored a season high 24 points against Planet Athlete Academy.
Anderson graduated from Riverton in 2012. He was an Academic All-State player his senior season and averaged 4.4 points per game. He scored a career high 12 points against Judge that season.
“Austin is one of the best young men I have ever met. He comes from a great family,” Anderson’s former head coach Steve Galley said shortly after he received his academic all-state award in 2012.
Anderson played college basketball in Florida for one season before serving a mission for the LDS church in London, England. He returned in the summer of 2015 and enrolled at USU Eastern.
Sly graduated in 2014 from Riverton. He averaged 14.4 points per game his senior season. He scored a career high 27 points against Kearns.
“Brandon is very quick and despite his lack of height, he has a knack for getting to the basket. He also hits his free throws. You can almost count on it,” Galley said.
The Eagles are in fourth place in the SWAC. They are scheduled to play at Salt Lake Community College Thursday Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m.