Hoops star at Ken­tucky, USC known as ‘The Blur’

Chicago Sun-Times - - OBITUARIES -

LOS AN­GE­LES — Dwight An­der­son, who earned the nick­name “The Blur” be­cause of his speed on the court play­ing bas­ket­ball at Ken­tucky and South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, has died. He was 61.

Mr. An­der­son died Satur­day at his home in Day­ton, Ohio, ac­cord­ing to the Mont­gomery County coro­ner’s of­fice. The cause was not im­me­di­ately known, and au­topsy re­sults were pend­ing.

The 6-foot-3 guard be­gan his col­lege ca­reer un­der coach Joe B. Hall at Ken­tucky, where he av­er­aged 13.3 points and shot 51% from the field as a fresh­man dur­ing the 1979 sea­son. He played in 11 games dur­ing the 1980 sea­son for the Wild­cats and av­er­aged 10.7 points be­fore trans­fer­ring mid­sea­son to USC.

As a ju­nior at USC in 1981, Mr. An­der­son av­er­aged 19.3 points, 6.3 re­bounds and 3.2 as­sists in 12 games. The fol­low­ing sea­son he av­er­aged 20.3 points, 4.1 re­bounds and 2.0 as­sists in 27 games. Mr. An­der­son was named All-Pac-10 first team and was an All-Amer­ica honor­able men­tion. He helped lead the Tro­jans to a 19-9 record and an NCAA Tour­na­ment berth.

Mr. An­der­son is re­mem­bered by USC fans for a be­hind-the-back­board shot against Wash­ing­ton on March 6, 1982, at the Los An­ge­les Sports Arena. He re­trieved an er­rant pass be­hind the back­board, spun in the air as he fell out of bounds and shot it over the back­board and in for a bas­ket, which is now against the rules.

Al McGuire, who was broad­cast­ing the game, ex­claimed, “A star is born!”

Mr. An­der­son was a McDon­ald’s All-Amer­i­can at Roth High in Day­ton.

He was se­lected in the sec­ond round of the 1982 NBA draft by Wash­ing­ton but was cut in the pre­sea­son. He played five games with Den­ver in 1983. By the early 1990s, Mr. An­der­son’s bas­ket­ball ca­reer had ended. He strug­gled with ad­dic­tion is­sues for sev­eral years.

“I dis­ap­peared af­ter that. I had no self-es­teem, I just got high,” he told the Day­ton Daily News. “I never thought about ballin’ again.”

Mr. An­der­son later un­der­went treat­ment in Hous­ton at John Lu­cas’ well­ness and af­ter­care pro­gram.

PAUL BENOIT/AP

Ken­tucky's Dwight An­der­son drives against Duke in a 1979 game.

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