Derek Anderson became a star in Rupp Arena, but now gives back to the community like few others. - Andy Lyons
Former Kentucky Wildcat basketball star Derek Anderson is the subject of the latest "Where are they now?" article at CoachCal.com. Anderson's life is a study in overcoming, and in the end, giving back to the community like few stars before him.
Former UK star and Doss High School star Derek Anderson is the the latest "Where are they now?" feature at CoachCal.com. Anderson, who comes from one of the most difficult backgrounds imaginable, has made the absolute most of his post-basketball life since retiring from the NBA in 2008. He is an impressive individual whose work now is all about helping others.
Here's an excerpt:
Anderson's dad left when he was 10 and his mom left when he was 11, forcing the young and confused kid to cycle between three different people's homes, including his high school coach. Making an already difficult situation even worse was the fact that Anderson fathered a child while still in high school.
"I had a child at 14, and got custody of him at 15,"Anderson said about Derek Anderson, Jr. "I had to work two jobs while playing basketball and going to school, so I was basically one of those kids who missed a lot of life, but I never complained. I always smiled. I always tried to make due with whatever I had."
And what Anderson had wasn't much.
"It was pretty tough," Anderson said. "I (had to wear) a size 13 shoe when I really wore an 11. I had to wear the same clothes (over and over). Today's kids would lose their minds trying to deal with certain things, but me, I just made the most out of it. I didn't feel like I had to prove anything to anybody. I just wanted to be a better person. I didn't make excuses."
For the full story, go here.