March 31, 2011
RICHMOND, Va. - Richmond senior Justin Harper was named Richmond Times-Dispatch State Player of the Year, the second-straight year that a Spider received the award.
Harper received Times-Dispatch First-Team All-State honors and fellow senior Kevin Anderson was named Second-Team All-State. Anderson was the 2010 Times-Dispatch State Player of the Year.
Harper led the Spiders (29-8) in scoring (17.9 ppg) and rebounding (6.9 rpg). He was the 2011 Richmond Times-Dispatch State Player of the Year, a First-Team All-Atlantic 10 and First-Team All-Region selection. His 661 points this season rank fifth on Richmond's single-season scoring list, his 245 field goal makes rank seventh, his 77 three-pointers rank sixth and his 46 blocks rank 10th in school history.
Harper finished his career 11th on Richmond's all-time scoring list with 1,457 career points. His 179 career three-pointers rank fifth on the school's all-time list and his 113 career blocks is seven at Richmond.
Anderson was second on the team in scoring (16.6 ppg) and led the team in assists (3.3 apg) and steals (1.4 spg). Anderson was the MVP of the Atlantic 10 Tournament and was named First-Team All-Atlantic 10 and First-Team All-Region. He finished his career with three of the top-11 best single-season scoring marks in school history with his 613 points this season ranking eighth on Richmond's all-time list. His 71 three-pointers is just one trey out of Richmond's single-season top-10 list
Anderson finished his career in the top-5 at Richmond in six categories. Anderson finished first in minutes played per game (36.3), second in school history in points (2,165), third in field goals made (768), third in steals (217), third in free throws made (453) and fourth in assists (410). He also ranks sixth in career three-pointers (176).
Harper and Anderson were part of a senior class that tied the 1991 class for the most wins in a four-year period in school history (91). Richmond also had the most wins in a three-year period (75), two-year period (55) and set the school record for wins in a season in each of the past two seasons, setting the current mark at 29 in 2010-11.
Richmond returns 12 players off the 2010-11 Sweet 16 team.