HOUGHTON - When attempting to explain the living organism that is college recruiting, Michigan Tech coach Kim Cameron often mentions one goal she has for courted Husky prospects.
She just wants to get them to Houghton to have them watch a game.
In Cameron's mind, all the words - phone calls, text messages, emails, more texts - can lay the groundwork, but it isn't until a recruit can experience the atmosphere of the SDC during a game day that her message will really sink in.
For incoming point guard Morgan Anderson, the De Pere, Wis. native didn't even need to see the Huskies play.
She just needed to see the gym where they played in.
"I stepped in to the gym, and they just have so many banners," Anderson said. "There were so many."
Anderson knows a thing or two about a winning tradition.
She took home the Wisconsin Division I State Championship her junior year at De Pere, and helped the Redbirds reach a record winning streak her senior season before being upset in the playoffs.
So she wasn't much interested in going to a school that fights to get above .500 every year.
"I just love basketball," Anderson said. "And I want to be on a team that wins. That is Michigan Tech. They have won so much over the past years -and being National runners-up was really cool - that there was no doubt in my mind I wanted to play there."
As if the path was not clear enough, Anderson had one more factor pushing her towards the Black and Gold:
Current junior Jillian Ritchie - also a native of De Pere.
"Jillian Ritchie is like my big sister," Anderson said. "I was able to go to her with any other questions I had about Tech and the basketball program. She is my role model, and just helped a whole lot in the process.
"She had nothing but nice things to say. She absolutely loved everything about it, so that made it a lot easier."
On the court, Anderson's game fits with the style Cameron has cultivated at Tech.
Anderson described her high school experience as "defense first, second and third" and said she loves pressuring the ball to make opposing players uncomfortable.
"Defense really is one of the best parts of my game," Anderson said. "Our main focus in high school was defense, and I love (succeeding) on that end so much."
Further, with a gaping Sam Hoyt-sized hole left at point guard for the Huskies, Anderson will be in a competition with fellow incoming freshman Kelli Guy and the recovering Michelle Gaedke right away for minutes at the point.
"I really like to get my teammates open and find that great pass that will get my teammates open for a basket," Anderson said. "I just want that opportunity for my team to get a score.
"I am going to try my hardest for that spot, but everyone wants it," Anderson added of the point guard position. "Everyone will be going their hardest so it will be a good competition."