From Tuscaloosa, AL to Decatur, MS, fans of East Central Community College shortstop Tim Anderson are celebrating.
The Chicago White Sox selected the Warriors shortstop with the 17th overall pick in the MLB Draft.
Just two years ago, Anderson graduated from Hillcrest high school in Tuscaloosa. East Central head coach Neal Holliman was the only one who offered him a scholarship, but to some, that's no surprise. Anderson only played baseball for his junior and senior year at Hillcrest.
He described the moment he heard his name announced.
"I mean, I felt teary-eyed, but i didn't show it," said Anderson, who is still with his family in New York City. "I'm very excited... two years ago, I never thought i'd be here... I think i improved so much and matured so much."
The former All-American at East Central said the White Sox haven't told him when and where he'll begin. Instead, they told him to enjoy being with his family in "the Big Apple" for a few days.
***For the complete phone interview with Anderson, check out the video column on the right side of our sports page.