Nov. 14, 2011
PALO ALTO - Head coach Rodney Terry, a proven recruiter throughout his coaching career, announced the addition of three future Bulldogs to the men's basketball program - Aaron Anderson, Braeden Anderson and Tanner Giddings.
"This class to this point addresses our immediate needs in terms of size and a future floor general," Terry said. "These are kids of high character that have a chance to be good players for us."
Braeden Anderson, a 6-9 forward originally from Alberta, Canada, will start attending classes in January and begin playing for Fresno State during the 2012-13 season.
Aaron Anderson, a 6-3 guard from Edmond, Okla., and Tanner Giddings, a 6-9 center/forward from Windsor, Calif. signed National Letters of Intent to enroll at Fresno State for the 2012-13 academic year and play for the 'Dogs next season.
All three will have four years of eligibility to compete for the Bulldog basketball program.
Aaron Anderson, Braeden Anderson and Giddings join junior guard Allen Huddleston, a former All-Big West honoree and Freshman All-American who is redshirting this season as a Division I transfer from the University of Pacific, as four newcomers for the Bulldogs' first season in the Mountain West Conference.
The MW has sent seven teams to the NCAA Tournament in the past two seasons.
"Aaron, Braeden, Tanner and Allen are guys that can compete at a very high level and welcome the challenges of being a member of the Mountain West," Terry said.
Fresno State (1-0) will begin play in the West Region of the Dick Sporting Goods' NIT Season Tip Off on the road at Stanford tonight at 8 p.m. The game can be viewed on ESPNU/ESPN3 .
The winner of the contest between the Bulldogs and Cardinal will face the winner of the Colorado State-SMU match-up on Tuesday to represent the West in the NIT Semifinals at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
2011 Fresno State Men's Basketball Early Signing Class
Aaron Anderson, PG, 6-3, 185, Edmond, Okla.
Averaged 8.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists as a junior last season
Led Santa Fe High School to 20-8 overall record
Braeden Anderson, PF, 6-9, 225, Alberta, Canada
2011 Mr. Canada Basketball award winner
Top 50 power forward
Tanner Giddings, C/PF, 6-9, 200, Windsor, Calif.
2010 First-Team All-Sonoma County
Cardinal Newman Rose City & Elsie Allen Lobo Slam All-Tournament Teams
"Our Town. Your Team!" --- Fresno State will play at Stanford on ESPNU in the opener of the NIT Season Tip Off on Monday at 8 p.m. The next chance to see the Bulldogs at the Save Mart Center is Nov. 30 when the Academy of Art University Urban Knights visit the San Joaquin Valley. Season tickets are available through the Bulldog Ticket Office.
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