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|Bradley Names Practice Court After J.J. Anderson
|PEORIA, Ill. (AP) -- Bradley University has named its new basketball practice court after a former player who led the Braves to the National Invitation Tournament championship in 1982 and two MVC championships in four years.
When current Braves players on Monday pulled back the runners covering the sidelines of the court to reveal his name, Mitchell "JJ." Anderson wiped tears from his eyes.
Mitchell played at Bradley from 1978-82 and was a first-team Missouri Valley Conference selection his entire career. He left as the Braves' all-time leading scorer, with 2,341 points, which is now second to Hersey Hawkins' 3,008.
For the past 11 years, Anderson has been the director of player personnel for the Memphis Grizzlies. Owner Michael Heisley made the court possible with a major contribution to Bradley.
The new, $50 million building will open later this month.
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