Monday, September 19, 2011

Kyle Anderson picks UCLA Bruins

Kyle Anderson, photo source here.

Thanks to Kaz for hooking us up at BZ with this ESPN article following KA's commitment.

Kyle Anderson picks UCLA Bruins

By Dave Telep
ESPN Recruiting
Originally Published: September 19, 2011

Kyle Anderson (Fairview, N.J./St. Anthony) committed to the Bruins Monday night and by doing so has lifted the Bruins to No. 2 in the class rankings.

Anderson repeatedly stated that he would decide on Sept. 20, his birthday. The only deviation from his plan was word coming a day early. Other than that, Anderson stuck to the script. Seton Hall went into his home on Monday and afterward the No. 5 overall prospect in the country huddled together with his family and decided to commit to the Bruins over Seton Hall, Georgetown, Florida and St. John's.

"Me and my family stuck to our plan from the beginning to end, Anderson said. "I don't think I would change anything at all."

Anderson won a high school national championship with St. Anthony last year and the versatile wing joins forces with coach Ben Howland, a frequent visitor to the Final Four with UCLA. Winning was clearly a significant part of his decision, however, during the process, Anderson learned more and more about Howland's reputation on the defensive side of the ball.

"That's an area I need to improve to make it to the next level so he will help me out a lot," Anderson said. Often listed as a small forward, Anderson has a point guard's mentality and is comfortable with the ball in his hands ala Magic Johnson. Defensively, is where he's in position limbo.

Anderson sees big things for himself and the Bruins in his first year. "Of course, winning the national championship and being a strong contributor," Anderson said, while describing his ideal UCLA experience. "Staying at UCLA until I am ready to go to the NBA and enjoying the whole college process."

Anderson joins a stellar recruiting class with fellow ESPNU 100 commits SF Jordan Adams (Lawrenceville, Ga./Oak Hill) and PG Dominic Artis (Richmond, Calif./Findlay). However, the Bruins are still looking to add talent.

Anderson is thought to be close to Shabazz Muhammad (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman), the nation's top prospect. "Bazz has to make his own decision based on what's best for him," Anderson said. "I do hope he comes though."

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