Carol City, once a Miami-Dade County boys’ basketball power, has enlisted an all-time prep great to take the Chiefs back to the top.
Kenny Anderson, a four-time Parade All-American for Archbishop Malloy (New York) and NBA All-Star, has accepted the Chiefs’ offer to coach.
“God works in mysterious ways,” Anderson said. “I live about 25 minutes from Carol City, and their athletic director, Harold Barnwell, asked me about coaching again. It’s been on my radar for some time. I think coaching the pro game would be awesome, but I think the kids in high school need me more.”
Anderson’s high school coaching résumé included being an assistant at Fort Laudersale St. Thomas Aquinas and two-year head-coaching stint at Posnack School in Davie before taking a hiatus last year to work on a documentary about his life titled Mr. Chibbs.
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Anderson’s 14 years in the NBA peaked with selection to the 1994 All-Star Game, but he was best known for leading Georgia Tech to the 1990 Final Four as a freshman. Anderson’s NCAA Tournament play earned him selection as one of the Top 75 players (No. 49) in the 75 years of the tournament.
The Chiefs hopes Anderson’s experience as a child protégé growing up in Queens, New York, All-American at Georgia Tech and subsequent No. 2 overall pick in the 1991 NBA Draft, will translate into the rejuvenation of a program that has won three state titles but has fallen on hard times.
Carol City finished 3-13 last season and has managed just four state appearances since 2003.
Beyond X’s and O’s Anderson said his inspiration for taking the Chiefs job was to help players avoid the pitfalls he experienced,which will be chronicled in Mr. Chibbs.
“Mr. Chibbs is about me as a child prodigy at a young age,” Anderson said. “I dealt with a lot of these problems some of these kids might be going through.
“Basketball is the easy part. At Carol City, I get to teach them about life, build a positive program and get them set up in college and for their careers after basketball.”
Rasul picks FSU
Two days after announcing a decommitment from the University of Miami, Coral Gables senior running back Amir Rasul orally committed to Florida State.
The four-star prospect is the top ranked running back in Florida, according to 247 Sports and Rivals. He ran for 893 yards and 13 touchdowns on 127 carries as a junior for the Cavaliers.
Rasul becomes the first running back in the Seminoles’ 2016 recruiting class, which is now up to 19 commitments.
The Hurricanes still have 21 players committed for 2016, including running backs Travis Homer of West Palm Beach Oxbridge Academy and Zack Moss of Hallandale, while also pursuing Naples four-star back Carlin Fils-Aime.
Seahawks Diving team owner and coach Sally Hansell will be presented with the 2016 National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association Outstanding Service Award at the 2016 NCAA Men’s Division I Swimming and Diving Championships at Georgia Tech in Atlanta on March 26, 2016.
Hansell, chairman of the Florida Gold Coast Diving Association, also coached at Cooper City nd University School.