No stranger to our ABC Sports-Casts, this week we feature Justin Anderson is our ABC All-Star for his impressive musical talent.
"I mostly play music just for me, but at home I play guitar and sing a little bit, but I did the Missoula Idol and another Missoula show," says the recent Loyola Sacred Heart graduate Justin Anderson.
While music is a big part of his life, it's been basketball that's been the number one time consumer over the last decade or so for Justin, whose father was his varsity basketball coach.
"The music is a little different, we bought him a ukulele and a guitar and we wondered why we did that for a couple years, but he got better and better. It was more fun this year going to watch him compete, playing and performing, and I was in shock when I saw him on stage, at just how good he is," says long-time and recently retired LSH basketball coach Scott Anderson.
Music is something that's important to Justin, but it's also shown benefits on the hardwood, helping give him an escape the stresses of hoops from time to time.
"It definitely helps because it's hard to be playing basketball 24/7. People say you can love it that much, but there are other things you have to do to stay occupied, and stay in love with basketball, so I think the music definitely helps me calm down, and realize there are other things I can do when I'm stressed," says Justin.
"We'd have a tough game, and you're thinking we'll go home and talk about it, but I'd go home and hear the music playing, and he's in the garage. Give him an hour or two (of playing music) and he's ready to roll and we can talk about stuff, but if he didn't have that outlet it could be a lot different, and he enjoys singing, and he's found something he's gifted at, and it's fun to listen to," says his father Scott.
Recently committed to play at Columbia Basin for two years, his basketball future past that is unknown, much like his post basketball life, but it certainly could be an extension of his musical passion.
"I'm not quite sure what I want to do. It might be something in music or arts, but as of right now, I'm just going to go there, wing it and find out, because I'm not sure yet," says Justin.