In the fall of 1988, he stepped onto the court beside four 1,000 point scorers without a single tally of his own on the stat sheet. Little did he know that before the final buzzer of the 1991-1992 season, Cory Anderson would rewrite the Castleton men’s basketball record book in nearly every category.
“I was determined to make a difference right away,” Anderson said. “We didn't have the luxurious sports facilities so we pushed ourselves to be great with the equipment of the time.”
And greatness is exactly what he achieved.
Today, the 2007 Hall of Fame inductee holds nine all-time records for the Spartans, including leading scorer in program history with 1,922 career points. For nearly 25 years, he has dominated this category by 112 points.
As a freshman, Anderson was named second team all-conference, but scoring 1,637 points over the next three seasons helped to secure him a place on the all-conference first team for the remainder of his career, as well as a District V Player of the Year recognition.
Off the court, the criminal justice major contributed to the greater campus community as a member of student government.
In his four years as a student-athlete at Castleton, Anderson said he built relationships that still hold strong today. Furthermore, he said he benefitted from having the opportunity to regularly work with a variety of personalities and cultures.
Since graduating, Anderson works for the City of Boston has devoted time to coaching and officiating basketball as well as advocating growth in inner-city youth programs.
Still proud to call himself a Spartan, Anderson returns to campus each summer to assist with the Castleton men’s basketball camp.
“Cherish your time,” he advised current Castleton’s student-athletes. “And strive for excellence.”