Granite Bay graduates Anderson, Bramow are basketball teammates again at Jessup U.
ROCKLIN – There are some familiar faces playing basketball at William Jessup University.
Preston Bramow and Anthony Anderson are in the starting lineup and are 2006 and 2007 graduates of Granite Bay High School.
Teammate Patrick Adelman also spent some of his high school career with the Grizzlies.
“Me and Preston go way back,” Anderson said. “When we first moved out to the area, when I was in first grade, that’s when I first met him. I met him out at the playground at 7, 8 years old. I’ve known him ever since.
“We’ve grown together, not only as people but as basketball players. I went to Sierra (College); he went to Yuba. We went our separate ways not really thinking it would end up where we would both be here. And the other cool thing about that also is that Pat Adelman went to Granite Bay.”
The Warriors (7-14 overall, 4-2 California Pacific Conference) looked at both players as they came out of high school, though each went the community college route first.
“They’re exactly what I thought they’d be as far as basketball players,” Jessup coach Aaron Muhic said. “I’m glad they’re here. I thought both of them were maybe a little bit better than our level. We got them and they both wanted to be close to home, so that’s a good thing. Their family can watch them play.”
Anderson and Bramow agreed being close to home was a huge factor in attending Jessup. Friends and family are able to see the duo play frequently, and Granite Bay varsity coach Jason Sitterud has been to a game.
Anderson said he’s made time to return to Granite Bay and check up on his alma mater.
“What we did there – myself, Preston, Pat – we kind of helped build that thing up, so to see them doing well is always good,” Anderson said. “I always like to check and see how they’re doing.”
Bramow is a business major and would like to end up in marketing or as an entrepreneur. Anderson is a marketing major and wants to pursue a marketing career in music or business.
“I love it,” Bramow said of Jessup. “It’s great. It’s a great school. It’s a great atmosphere. There’s a lot of nice people, really good classes, great teachers and a great education.”
The two have been able to work seamlessly as teammates, and their on-court relationship hasn’t missed a beat.
“It picked up right where it left off,” Bramow said. “We just play off of each other. He’s a really good spot-up shooter, and I’m more of a take-it-to-the-hoop and drive. Whenever I get caught somewhere, he always knows where to spot up and get the open pass from me.”
While their relationship hasn’t changed, their playing styles have undergone alterations.
Anderson has moved into his role as a shooting guard, which he started to develop in his last two years of high school. He scored 21 points in Jessup’s 84-79 victory over Holy Names on Thursday night and is second on the team at 10.8 points per game.
“It’s a big-time mismatch at (6-foot-6) at the two guard position,” said Anderson, who scored a season-high 25 points against Bethany on Jan. 20.
At 6-3, Bramow has taken up a post player position. He averages 7.4 points, and his season high of 17 came against Simpson on Jan. 13, when he was 7 for 7 from the field.
“That’s been kind of difficult going from being able to face up to the basket and make my moves to having my back to the basket and making my moves,” Bramow said. “I’ve had to work on that part of my game.”