Juan Toscano-Anderson the hometown kid from Oakland, CA made his NBA debut with Golden State Warriors this past week vs the Lakers. The route to the NBA was not your typical one. We have been following and supporting his career since watching his senior mixtape by YayAreasfinest.
Toscano-Anderson a star for Castro Valley High School helped lead the team to a 2011 CIF state D1 Norcal Finals appearance during his senior year. He wasn’t a highly scouted recruit throughout high school but made a big leap from sophomore to junior season where he became a consensus top 70 recruit playing for the Oakland Rebels (Team Lillard) during that AAU season. He was also ranked 3rd in Norcal 2011 class behind Josiah Turner (Arizona) & Jabari Brown (Oregon/Missouri/Los Angeles Lakers).
Toscano-Anderson committed to Marquette University over schools like CAL, Arizona State, and numerous Pac-12 schools. He spent all 4 years at Marquette where injuries caused some minor setbacks but finished college career strong appearing in 31 games and average 28 minutes per game.
Since following Toscano-Anderson career throughout high school and college. It was fascinating to see what would be the next step for the hometown hero. There was no news regarding NBA workout invites or even overseas offers. That’s when the opportunity came up to play for the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship where he played against NBA players like Andrew Wiggins and JJ Berea. With his performance he earned opportunities to play in Argentina, Venezuela, and 2-time MVP in Mexico’s top league. This is when longtime friend Jabari Brown encouraged him to try out for the Santa Cruz Warriors. Toscano-Anderson earned a spot on the team where the head coach was impressed with his energy and leadership. He started the season with very few minutes but worked his way into the starting line up midway through the season.
(In HS, I was going to drive an 1+ hour to watch this game only 1 week after getting my drivers license in HS. To probably get turned away at the door. Dorrell Wright of the Warriors was rejected at the door for this game)
Toscano-Anderson play and energy did not go unnoticed by the Golden State Warriors and was invited to the summer league team & training team spot this season. Even though, he did not earn a roster spot with the Golden State Warriors to start the season. Toscano-Anderson continued his impressive play with the Santa Cruz Warriors. The Golden State Warriors officially signed Juan Tocano-Anderson for the remainder of the season on February 6, 2020.