Penn State readies for first road game of the season.
Dwayne Anderson, a standout leader of Villanova's 2009 NCAA Final Four team, joined the Nittany Lion coaching staff as an assistant coach in July of 2013 and is in his first season with the program and first in collegiate coaching.
"Dwayne is an absolute winner and a leader, and we are fortunate to have someone of his caliber joining our staff," Head Coach Patrick Chambers said. "He is fresh off a very successful playing career both in college and professionally in Europe and will be terrific connecting and communicating with the current and future players in our program."
Anderson takes on his first collegiate coaching position after four highly successful seasons playing professionally in Europe. A 2009 graduate of Villanova University with a degree in sociology, Anderson was coached by Chambers, a former Associate Head Coach in the Villanova program, on highly successful Wildcat teams that made four straight NCAA appearances and reached the Sweet 16 three times.
A native of Silver Spring, Md., a suburb of Washington, D.C., Anderson played his final professional season for S.Oliver Baskets in Wurzburg, Germany, the last of three stops in a four-year professional career that also saw him play for professional clubs BG Gottingen in Germany and Morpho Basket Piacenza in Italy. A two-time German All-Star selection (2011 & 2013), he posted 13.5 points and 7.2 rebounds per game in 2012-13 while leading S.Oliver Baskets in scoring, rebounding and steals to earn his second All-Star selection. He led Piacenza in rebounding in 2011-12 and earned selection to the EuroChallenge First Team (2010), Eurocup Top 8 Players (2011) and German All-Star Team (2011) during his two years with BG Gottingen.
Anderson also served as a volunteer coach for BG74, an under-13 and under-18 youth program, in Gottingen, Germany from 2009-11 and launched his own t-shirt and apparel brand called ROBY - Rock Out Be You in 2012.
A 6-6, 215-pound wing, Anderson emerged as a corner stone team leader during his junior and senior seasons at Villanova serving as a team captain on Wildcat teams that advanced to the Sweet 16 (2008) and Final Four (2009). A three-year letterman, he played in 23 or more games in each of his last three seasons with the Wildcats and was also part of a team that reached the NCAA Elite Eight in 2006. Anderson missed the first seven games of his senior season with a foot fracture, but returned to play in 31 contests and average 9.0 points and 6.2 rebounds per game while helping lead Villanova to the NCAA Final Four where the Wildcats lost to eventual champion North Carolina. He averaged 13.2 points and 8.6 rebounds per game in the Big East and NCAA Tournaments his senior year and scored a career high 25 points in an NCAA first round victory over American. Anderson finished his Villanova career having logged 573 points, 388 rebounds, 107 steals and 70 threes in 95 games and 42 career starts.
Anderson posted 19.7 ppg as a senior for St. John's High School in Washington, D.C. and went on to attend St. Thomas More Prep (Oakdale, Conn.) where he posted 23 points and 10 rebounds per game in one season before matriculating to Villanova.