VIDEO: It’s all in the family again for Mike Anderson
October 14, 2010
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Paul Pressey, the father of Matt and Phil Pressey (1, pictured), played with Mike Anderson under Nolan Richardson at Tulsa. (Photo by JJ Stankevitz)
Mizzou’s Elite 8 run in 2008 was special for more than just basketball reasons for Mike Anderson. That run was a family matter Anderson.
DeMarre Carroll, the unquestioned leader of the team, is Anderson’s nephew. And Mike Anderson Jr., wearing No. 13 for the team.
But Carroll and Anderson both graduated, with Carroll moving on to the NBA and Anderson Jr. moving to a graduate assistant coaching role with the team. So, in the 2009-2010 season, Anderson didn’t have any family on his team for the first time since coming to Columbia.
That’s changed for the 2010-2011 season.
While Phil and Matt Pressey are not directly related to Anderson, they have called him “Uncle Mike” for most of their lives. Anderson is close friends with the Presseys’ father, Paul, who played with Anderson at Tulsa in the early 1980′s, and knew the Pressey brothers “before they were even born.”
For the next few years, though, Anderson will be known as “coach” to the Pressey brothers, not “Uncle Mike.” Anderson made it clear that the Pressey brothers won’t be calling him “Uncle Mike” while they’re playing at Mizzou: