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EKU Colonels Add Australian Hybrid Forward To 2016 Class


RICHMOND, Ky. – Lachlan Anderson, a 6-8 hybrid forward from Sydney, Australia, has signed to play basketball at Eastern Kentucky University, it was announced recently.


“Lachlan Anderson is a major steal and a big addition to our team,” head coach Dan McHale said. “He had been pursued by a lot of big-name college basketball programs, and we are excited that he decided to make Eastern Kentucky his new home.”

Anderson plays club basketball for the Bankstown Bruins in New South Wales’ Waratah League. He averaged 16.8 points-per-game for Bankstown’s Division 1 Youth Men’s team in 2016.

He scored 20 or more points five times during the season, including a 24-point outing in which he knocked down three three-pointers versus the Central Coast Crusaders on March 12.

“Lachlan is extremely skilled and has been well coached in Australia,” McHale added. “He fits our offensive run-and-gun style to a tee, and he will be a mismatch nightmare with his shooting ability. He is also a great student and will be a welcome ambassador of our ‘Colonel Culture.’”

Anderson played for Team Royal on the AAU circuit in the summer of 2015, displaying versatility and athleticism at the Chicago Hoops Challenge and NY2LA Summer Jam.

Anderson joins an EKU signing class that includes Butler transfer Jackson Davis (Lexington, Kentucky), Louisville transfer Dillon Avare (Lexington, Kentucky), junior-college transfers Rio Adams (Seattle, Washington) and Zach Charles (Mesquite, Texas) and incoming freshmen Asante Gist (West Orange, New Jersey), Parker Chitty (Columbus, Indiana), DeAndre Dishman (Lexington, Kentucky) and Marlon Adams (Middletown, New York).

McHale’s up-tempo Colonels ranked 18th in the country in scoring offense (80.5 points-per-game) and broke the EKU single-season field goal percentage record (49.1 percent) in 2015-16.

THREE EKU FOOTBALL GAMES TO BE SEEN ON ESPN NETWORKS

Three EKU football road games will air live on the ESPN family of networks this season.

The season-opener at Purdue on Sept. 3 is scheduled to begin at noon and will be broadcast live on ESPN News.

The Colonels’ game at Ball State on Sept. 17 will begin at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN3. Eastern’s Ohio Valley Conference match-up with Tennessee State at Nissan Stadium in Nashville is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on ESPN3.

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Former Tennessee assistant Mark Elder is EKU's new head coach, replacing Dean Hood, who posted an eight-year mark of 55-38.

Eastern’s first home game is slated for Sept. 8.


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