Former NBA Champion Derek Anderson to Coach Costa Rica in 2023 United Cup

by Jo Fabian Jr.

Former NBA Champion Derek Anderson (196-F-1974, college: Kentucky) To Coach Costa Rica in 2023 United Cup

Derek Anderson, the former NBA Champion with the Miami Heat, will coach Costa Rica in the 2023 United Cup Superior that will feature National Team Captain Daniel Shedden (191-G/F-1996, college: MSUB), sources confirmed.

The Anderson news was first reported by Anderson raved about the 6-foot-4 Shedden after the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup Americas. Shedden, Costa Rica's top scorer, averaged a team high 12.2 points per game while shooting an amazing 42.5% from the three.

Anderson is a graduate of Doss High School and was an All-Star in the state of Kentucky. Anderson played college basketball at the Ohio State University and the University of Kentucky. In 1996, Anderson helped the University of Kentucky win the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship as part of a team that featured nine future NBA players under their coach Rick Pitino. Anderson went on to graduate from the University of Kentucky in 1997 with a degree in pharmacy.

He was first selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers as the 13th overall pick to the 1997 NBA draft, despite missing much of his second senior season at Kentucky due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). He would go on to play 12 successful seasons in the NBA. His best season came with the San Antonio Spurs where he averaged an impressive 15.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.3apg and 1.5spg. In 2005-2006; Anderson joined the Miami Heat. He would help the Heat win their first NBA Championship. Anderson became one of the few players in basketball history to win a NCAA title along with a NBA championship.