For Eric Anderson ’15, his career as a professional basketball player has been a slam dunk, bringing him to half a dozen countries, including, most recently, to Portugal. He is grateful for his time as a Charger when he honed his skills on the basketball court, got out of his comfort zone, and met his fiancée.
April 8, 2021
Eric Anderson ’15 has many fond memories of playing basketball during his four years as a member of the Chargers men’s basketball team. The former forward and center is now playing before an even larger audience as a professional basketball player.
A three-time Northeast-10 Defensive Player of the Year and two-time selection to the All-NE10 First Team, Anderson’s professional career has brought him around the world since he graduated with his degree in sport management from the University.
“Playing for Coach Ted Hotaling taught me so much,” said Anderson. “My time as a Charger helped me develop my game and taught me even more life lessons off the court. Meeting new people, expanding my relationships, and attending a variety of University events helped me get out my comfort zone.”
‘Take every opportunity’
Now playing professionally for FC Porto in Portugal, Anderson was named MVP of the playoffs earlier this year. He has also played professionally in countries such as Argentina, Japan, and Israel.
“The most rewarding part of playing professionally is being able to travel the world and learn about different lifestyles,” he said. “I’ve met so many different people from all over the world, building everlasting relationships. I’ve now lived in six different countries since graduating and the University of New Haven helped me adjust and adapt to a lot of different situations.”
A Newark, New Jersey native, Anderson played for Newark Tech High School, and was named an All-Conference, All-County, and All-State selection when he was a senior. As a senior at the University, he averaged an NCAA Division II best 13.1 rebounds per game and recorded the first triple-double in Chargers men's basketball history with 26 points, 28 rebounds, and 10 assists against Saint Anselm. He helped lead the Chargers to two NCAA Tournament berths, and he finished his career among the program’s leaders in blocks, rebounding, and scoring.
Anderson is grateful for the many meaningful opportunities he had as a Charger – on and off the court. As a student, he met his best friend, as well as his fiancée, Alyssa Zargos ’14, a former member of the women’s soccer team. They plan to marry this summer. He encourages current students to make the most of their time at the University.
“Take every opportunity, explore, and meet as many people as you can,” he said. “Enjoy every moment now and maximize every opportunity you get at the University because they’re the most critical years of your life, and also some of the most fun times.”