NBA projection: Some draft analysts project Anderson, who played the point for UCLA, as a lottery pick, and others don’t rate him that high. But he’s a consensus first-rounder.
Anderson was a first-team All-Pac 12 pick and third-team Associated Press All-America as he helped lead the Bruins to a 28-9 record and the program’s first Pac-12 tournament title and NCAA tournament Sweet 16 trip since 2008. Anderson was the only player in the league’s top five in assists, rebounding and steals, and he also racked up a 13-point, 12-rebound, 11-assist triple-double against Morehead State.
Key statistics: 14.6 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 6.5 apg, 1.8 spg, 3.1 tpg, 33.2 mpg, .480 FG, .483 3PT, .737 FT
Cool statistic: Anderson is the first UCLA player since Bill Walton in 1973-74 to average at least 10 points, five rebounds and five assists in the same season.
Reminds me of: Boris Diaw
What Insiders Say
UCLA coach Steve Alford
“He's an amazing player, and he's proven it all year long. He's very unique. A 6-9 point guard that facilitates the way he can. He's a nightmare to match up with. He's been a joy to coach this year, and he's really done a good job leading his team. He's been crucial with his leadership all year.”
What Outsiders Say
Florida point guard Scottie Wilbekin
“He's definitely a unique cover. The Harrison twins and Jordan Clarkson were the two tallest guards that we faced this year. We're just going to try to keep him out of the lane, not let him get a step because he obviously has great length. So if he gets a step on you, he can finish over and around you. So we just have to build walls, help each other, and try to keep him out of the lane.”
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UCLA's Kyle Anderson also intrigues, for vastly different reasons. Teams aren't sure what he is. The 6-foot-9 freshman played point guard for the Bruins, and some people immediately went overboard, hyping Magic Johnson comparisons. Anderson is in no way Magical; a more fair comparison would be Boris Diaw -- or, for older heads, John Williams, the versatile forward from LSU whose promising pro career in Washington was throttled by a knee injury and his inability to stop eating. And, like those two, Anderson could be a very good player at the next level.
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