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    Rapid City Sports Hall of Fame Spotlight: Steve Anderson (Inducted 2013)

    Steve Anderson made his sizeable mark on the Rapid City sports scene on the basketball floor for Rapid City Central.  The only Cobbler ever to be named South Dakota Mr. Basketball, Anderson went on to have a stellar college career as the University of South Dakota and a professional career in Europe. 

    In 1998 as a sophomore, Anderson averaged 18 pts and 10 rebounds per game, and was named 1st team all-state after leading the Cobblers to a state tournament berth.  The following year, the 6’ 7” standout averaged 18 pts and 11 rebounds while leading the Cobblers to a 3rd place finish at the state tournament, and repeated as a 1st team all-stater.  As a senior, Anderson averaged 19 pts and 13 rebounds per game, and led his team to the state championship game where the Cobblers lost a one-point-thriller to Sioux Falls Roosevelt.  Anderson finished his high school career with 1,219 point and 801 rebounds, and as the most decorated Cobbler in school history:

    • 2000 South Dakota Mr. Basketball
    • MPV Hansen Anderson Three Class Shootout
    • South Dakota Coaches Association Player of the Year
    • Maxwell Sports Radio Player of the Year
    • 1st Team All-state:  1998, 1999, 2000 – the only Cobbler ever to achieve this distinction
    • Academic All-State

    Anderson played college basketball at the University of South Dakota, where he played a key role on the 2005 NCC tournament championship team, which also won a school record 27 games.  Anderson finished his college career #6 on the Coyote all-time rebounding list, and the third most prolific shot blocker in school history.  Anderson holds the record for rebounds in a single game at the Dakota Dome grabbing 22 in a win against Missouri Western on November 20, 2001 – this total being the fifth best performance in NCAA Division II that year.     

    Anderson played professionally in Germany, where he was the third leading scorer in the German 2nd Budesliga in his final professional season.

    Listen to the interview where Mr. Anderson discusses his career and induction into the Rapid City Hall of Fame:


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