Karvel Anderson continues to shoot and score in his career path. The Elkhart native can now check “professional basketball player” off his dream list.
Anderson, the Elkhart Memorial High School and Robert Morris University graduate, signed a contract Sunday night to play professional ball in Italy with Andrea Costa Imola. He’ll leave this week for Europe and play his first game on Oct. 5 in the Legadue, the second tier of pro ball in Italy.
"It’s a tremendous feeling. I can’t even begin to describe it,“ Anderson said Monday, Aug. 25, during a break from a workout in Pittsburgh.
Anderson, whose girlfriend is from Italy, visited Europe earlier this summer and worked out for two teams, though Imola was not one of them. Anderson got invitations to work out with two NBA franchises — the Indiana Pacers and Houston Rockets — this summer.
In Houston, Anderson’s session included time with NBA All-Stars Dwight Howard and James Harden, while in Indianapolis, Paul George and George Hill were part his workout.
"It was amazing, the atmosphere in an NBA arena,” Anderson said. “That makes you feel like you belong. If you’re invited, that says you’re capable of playing at this level. I was starstruck at the beginning. There was about 100 people, cameras, notepads, recorders, but it was a blessing for the experience.”
And at each stop, Anderson was encouraged to work hard, get better and remain diligent in the process.
"They’ve all said to be patient, that my time will come,“ Anderson said. ”Obviously, I have the ability to play at that level. I’m on their radar. They only invite a certain number of players and the fact that I’m on that list says something.“
In the 2013-14 season, Anderson was named the Northeast Conference player of the year and was an Associated Press honorable mention All-American selection. He led the NEC in scoring at 19.7 points a game while shooting 51 percent from the field and 46.3 percent from the 3-point line.
Anderson also set RMU single-season for points (710), field goals (248), 3-point field goals (119), 3-point field goals made per game (3.31), double-figuring scoring games (33), 20-point scoring games (19) and 30-point scoring games (4).
"We've obviously extremely thrilled as a program that Karvel has an opportunity to continue his career professionally in Italy," head coach Andrew Toole said on the RMU website. "He's joining a league that is extremely competitive, and I think Karvel can certainly help Andra Costa Imola with his abilities. The level of dedication and hard work that he put in during his two years with our program was off the charts, and I believe he'll make the most of his opportunities overseas."