Tag:Kyle Anderson
Posted on: December 15, 2011 2:56 pm

Six players make Naismith watch list

Jeff Borzello

The Atlanta Tipoff Club announced on Thursday the preseason watch list for the Naismith High School Player of the Year.

On the boys’ side, six players made the cut: Shabazz Muhammad (uncommitted and ranked No. 1 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100); Kyle Anderson (UCLA, No. 4); Brandon Ashley (Arizona, No. 3); Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State, No. 9); Isaiah Austin (Baylor, No. 7); and Alex Poythress (Kentucky, No. 12).

“We’re extremely excited to watch this year’s nominees battle it out for the right to be called the best high school basketball player in 2012,” said Eric Oberman, Executive Director of the Atlanta Tipoff Club.

The players ranked in our top 10 who weren’t recognized were Mitch McGary (No. 2), Kaleb Tarczewski (No. 5), Archie Goodwin (No. 6), Cameron Ridley (No. 9) and DaJuan Coleman (No. 10.

The Naismith Awards national voting academy, comprised of basketball writers around the country, made the selections. The winner will be announced on March 22.

Last year’s winner was Austin Rivers.

On the girls’ side, the seven players were: Breanna Stewart (Connecticut), Moriah Jefferson (Connecticut), Alex Jones (Duke), Jewell Loyd (Notre Dame), Jordan Adams (USC) and junior Diamond DeShields (undecided).

Photo: Las Vegas Sun

Posted on: September 20, 2011 10:44 am
Edited on: September 20, 2011 10:53 am

What's next for Kyle Anderson's five finalists?

By Jeff Borzello

The dust is finally settling from Kyle Anderson’s announcement that he would be going across the country and playing for UCLA.

People are saying the Pac-12 is back and UCLA is a potential Final Four threat in 2012-13, while Seton Hall fans are devastated. As one Seton Hall blogger tweeted, “Feeling like Cleveland after the Decision.”

In recruiting, though, there’s always another player, another target, another must-have prospect on the horizon. Whether it’s UCLA building off Anderson’s commitment or Seton Hall bouncing back from its disappointment, each of the five teams in the Anderson sweepstakes – Florida, Georgetown, St. John’s are the other three – have already moved on from last night’s festivities.

Where are they turning?

UCLA: The Bruins could be on the verge of rivaling Arizona for the top recruiting class in the country. With Anderson, Dominic Artis and Jordan Adams already in the fold, Ben Howland has a good young perimeter group. What would take this team to the next level is Shabazz Muhammad, the No. 1 prospect in the country and the crown jewel of the class. UCLA has long been considered a favorite for his services, while rumors behind the scenes of a Kyle Anderson-Shabazz Muhammad package deal have picked up in recent weeks. UCLA is also squarely in the mix for either Shaq Goodwin or Tony Parker down low. Both are five-star prospects and are considering the Bruins. If Howland can get Muhammad and one of the two big men, he’ll have the top class in the country.

Seton Hall: To me, the most important for the Pirates is not to dwell on the disappointment and continue to go after five-star players. Sure, Anderson was a unique case in that he was from Seton Hall’s backyard, but the idea is the same: the Pirates are in an arms race locally with St. John’s and Rutgers, and they need to keep up. As I tweeted yesterday, Seton Hall feels pretty confident about New York prospects Daniel Dingle, Kareem Canty and Jevon Thomas. The Pirates need to lock down their area by getting a few local kids every year, and then still go after top-100 guys in other regions. Rutgers and St. John’s have started doing it the past few years; Seton Hall has to keep up. 

Florida: The Gators made a late run in the Anderson sweepstakes, but ultimately fell short. Billy Donovan’s troops have plenty of perimeter talent stockpiled for 2012-13, with juniors Kenny Boynton and Mike Rosario, freshman Brad Beal and three guard commitments, led by talented point guard Braxton Ogbueze. If no players leave school early after the upcoming season, the Gators could be out of scholarships. With that said, Florida is still in the mix for several frontcourt prospects. The Gators are on the final lists of Mitch McGary, Willie Cauley, Anthony Bennett, Alex Poythress, Robert Carter, Brice Johnson and T.J. Warren – all top-40 frontcourt players. Landing just one would provide great balance to the Gators’ class.

St. John’s: Forgive the Red Storm if they weren’t completely focused on recruiting over the past week. Three incoming freshmen – Norvel Pelle, Amir Garrett and Jakarr Sampson – were ruled ineligible for the first semester. Pelle and Garrett are hoping to enroll during the second semester, while Sampson went back to Brewster Academy. If Sampson decides to return to St. John’s, the Red Storm will likely have one scholarship available for 2012-13. Ricardo Gathers will help up front, but Steve Lavin could use more help down low. Chris Obekpa, who plays at Our Savior New American (N.Y.), rose up the charts in the summer and could be someone the Red Storm target.

Georgetown: Due to the Hoyas’ offensive system, Anderson would have been a great fit in D.C. However, without him, John Thompson III will move on. The Hoyas only have one commitment for 2012 – big man Brandon Bolden – but they are still hunting for prospects. They are still in the mix for T.J. Warren, Tony Parker, D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, Robert Upshaw and others. Ideally, they will come away with a guard and a frontcourt player. Backcourt depth for the Hoyas in 2012-13 is shallow, so a good scoring guard (Smith-Rivera fits the bill) could be a priority. Moreover, with all the frontcourt talent left on board, the Hoyas could stockpile another big man.

Photo: St. Anthony

Posted on: September 15, 2011 5:24 pm

Podcast: Where will uncommitted stars end up?

By Matt Norlander

Recruits are becoming savvy to the game. Each year, it's taking longer and longer for more and more high-level recruits to commit to a school. Makes sense -- this is pretty much the last bastion of legitimate power they'll have until they get out of college and go on to earn buck at some sort of professional level.

So, with that in mind, I had Borzello hop onto the podcast and give you the most likely landing spots for these 10 undecided guys:
  1. Shabazz Muhammad
  2. Mitch McGary
  3. Kyle Anderson
  4. Archie Goodwin
  5. Kaleb Tarczewski
  6. DaJuan Coleman
  7. Amile Jefferson
  8. Alex Poythress
  9. Rodney Purvis
  10. Jarnell Stokes
Some seem inevitable, while a few others are true toss-ups. Listen to find out which guys on the list could very well drag out their recruitments all the way until April. That's right -- after the upcoming college basketball season, which is still seven weeks away from having games on television. We also discuss how Houston was able to pull off getting two top-100 guys, and why that label is actually a little misleading in this case.

And, as always, if you want the latest news and scoops on recruitments in hoops, we've got an entire blog wholly dedicated to that. Borzello does most of the housekeeping there. Boost the pageviews and his ego all at once!

Here's the link for iTunes subscription. The podcast goes up a few minutes after it's live here on the blog, so be sure to subscribe. Or, if you're just hanging out, click the player below and enjoy.

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Posted on: June 29, 2011 4:04 pm
Edited on: June 29, 2011 4:18 pm

Versatile Kyle Anderson talks top five


By Jeff Borzello

Normally, when scouts who have watched a player for three or four years still can’t figure out his position, it’s a bad thing.

In the case of Kyle Anderson, it’s just another sign of his versatility.

Anderson, a 6-foot-8 St. Anthony product (N.J), has the vision and passing ability of a point guard; the scoring prowess of a wing; and the size, finishing and rebounding skills of a power forward.

Ask Anderson, though, and he knows which position he wants to play at the next level.

“Point guard,” he said. “It’s the position I’m most comfortable at.”

At the NBPA Top 100 camp two weeks ago, Anderson played that position for the majority of the event.

“I’m just trying to be unselfish, play the point guard role,” he said.

Anderson has already made plenty of advancements in the recruiting process, trimming his list to five schools earlier this spring: Georgetown, Florida, Seton Hall, St. John’s and UCLA.

His potential to be a match-up problem and his passing ability would be a perfect fit for Georgetown.

“John Thompson III is a great coach, they run the Princeton offense,” Anderson said.

He also likes the way Florida head coach Billy Donovan makes players better during their time in Gainesville.

“Coach Donovan is great with player development,” Anderson said.

While Seton Hall might seem like it doesn’t belong in the same breath with the other programs, its proximity to Anderson’s Fairlawn, N.J., home could play a factor.

“It’s the hometown school, and all the guys play hard,” he said.

St. John’s emerged on the radar of several high-major prospects in the last year, as head coach Steve Lavin reeled in a nine-person class that included six players ranked in the top 100.

Anderson is impressed by the talent on the Red Storm’s roster.

“I like Coach Lavin, I like the class he has coming in,” he said.

Across the country sits UCLA, where Ben Howland has had a steady stream of pro point guards run through his program.

“Coach Howland puts point guards in the NBA,” Anderson said. “I think there’s five in the NBA right now.”

With most of the recruiting process behind him, the nation’s most versatile player is still not sure when exactly he wants to commit.

“No timetable,” Anderson said. “But before the season.”

Photo: NJ.com

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