By Matt Norlander
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- One coach today told me, as we sat and watched Kyle Anderson play with Playaz Basketball Club (North Jersey) against The Family (Detroit), that if he wanted to, Anderson could play for any team in the country.
Two possessions later, Anderson grabbed a rebound, deftly spun off a defender and fired away a one-handed bounce pass that traveled about 50 feet before reaching one of his teammates. Awesome skill, vision and ability from the 6-7 combo player who has the skills and brain of a point guard but the body of a ever-evolving college 4. He finished with 27 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists and two blocks.
After Anderson and the Playaz (I'm still not used to writing AAU; hard not to chuckle typing 'Playaz') defeated The Family, 90-82, the five-star player said he'll make his college decision official on his 18th birthday, Sept. 20. The schools in play: UCLA, Georgetown, St. John's, Seton Hall and Florida. He's not sure how he wants to execute it, but said he doesn't really want to do a "big press conference." Said his mom wants to make it into a production, but that's not necessarily his style.
Anderson also said he'll plan on making official visits to St. John's and Florida later this summer, with a probable visit to Seton Hall as well.
Anderson, clearly a polished kid in regard to dealing with the media, rattled off the reasons why the five schools remaining are there. He likes how Donovan develops slender kids into bulky, NBA-able players. He admires how Steve Lavin dominated in bringing in such a studded 2011 recruiting class. There's emotion and strings with hometown Seton Hall. Georgetown's half-court offense is something that's kept Anderson lured in, primarily because he hopes and believes he'd have a lot of ball-handling responsibilities in John Thompson III's set.
And as for UCLA, there's serious NBA precedence.
"UCLA, if I decide to play point guard, that would be one of my options," Anderson said. "Coach Howland has put point guards in the league for the past five years."
That's clearly a big thing for Anderson who, despite being 6-7, still makes it known on the court and in interviews that he wants to be a mold-breaker and play the 1.
"It's because it's what I've been playing since I was little," Anderson said, adding that he's capable and ready to play any position on the floor, and evaluators agree with that. He can play any position at the AAU level, and if he keeps growing, all five spots will be an option in college, too. It seems his choice will primarily come down to which coach gives him the most confidence in his ability to be a distributor.
Elite 2012 combo player will make choice Sept. 20
Posted on: July 12, 2011 3:24 pm
Edited on: July 12, 2011 6:05 pm