HoopsHype Kyle Anderson rumors

April 17, 2014 Updates

UCLA guards Kyle Anderson and Zach LaVine are leaving early for the NBA draft. Anderson, a sophomore from Fairview, N.J., and LaVine, a freshman from Seattle, each said Wednesday that they will forgo their remaining eligibility with the Bruins to start pro careers. ESPN.com

April 16, 2014 Updates

UCLA men’s basketball sophomore Kyle Anderson has elected to forego his remaining collegiate eligibility and enter the 2014 NBA Draft. Anderson secured first-team All-Pac-12 honors and was named a third-team Associated Press All-America selection as a sophomore in 2013-14. He averaged closer to a triple-double than any player in the nation, registering 14.6 points, 8.8 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game. Anderson helped lead UCLA to a 28-9 overall record and the program’s first Pac-12 Tournament title and NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearance since 2008. uclabruins.com

March 28, 2014 Updates

UCLA sophomore guard Kyle Anderson will declare for the NBA Draft, his father has told SNY.tv. Following UCLA’s 79-68 loss to Florida in the Sweet 16, Kyle Anderson Sr. told SNY.tv he planned to sit down with his son to “figure things out.” Anderson went for 11 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals in the game. “Kyle is totally prepared mentally to come out,” Kyle Anderson Sr. told SNY.tv earlier this season. “He knows he’ll have to get adjusted to the rigors and physicality of the NBA but mentally he’s always been a little more mature than the average age he’s at. “His approach to the game right now is that of a person who knows this is going to be my job, this is going to be my livelihood.” ZagsBlog.com

“His strengths outweigh his negatives,” one veteran NBA scout told SNY.tv. “Very skilled, perimeter shooting has improved and can rebound. Lack of defense and pace of game can be hidden by a good team with defensive concepts. Could end up being a Top 15 pick.” ESPN’s Dick Vitale Tweeted at me during the Florida game: “Should be a lock top 15 – Kyle is a mini version of @MagicJohnson & that is high praise.” ZagsBlog.com

March 18, 2014 Updates

But it's an inexact science that surely sends a shiver through some fans. These are the types of decisions that prompt the gnashing of teeth and wringing of hands. The players, already stressed by the lose-and-it's-all-over scenario of an NCAA tournament, are not immune to the extra pressure. "It's tough on kids my age," Anderson said. "It's a big decision. There's all the talk about what you're going to do. You can't listen to it. "It's March. You've got to keep your focus." Los Angeles Times

Anderson has sidestepped questions about whether he will declare for the draft, but his father has been very direct with his opinion. "He's done," Kyle Anderson Sr. said last week. Anderson the player has left ajar the door to return. "It's up in the air right now," he said. Of his father's comments, Anderson said, "He came out and said it. I just want to focus on the tournament. Whatever happens, we'll make a decision after the season." Los Angeles Times

January 10, 2014 Updates
September 16, 2013 Updates

UCLA sophomore Kyle Anderson and his family have decided that this will likely be his final season in college. "Kyle has made great strides in his mental approach to the game and his work ethic since being at UCLA," his father, Kyle Anderson Sr., told ESPN.com. "The major deficiencies in his overall game are his lack of strength, quickness and explosion, and inconsistent shooting. We feel that both of which can be addressed more efficiently with more time and repetition. It's more than likely that it will be time for Kyle to move on at the end of this college season." ESPN.com

March 29, 2013 Updates

UCLA freshman Kyle Anderson "does not have plans to declare" for the NBA Draft at the April 10 NBA advisory committee deadline. "At this time, (he) is returning to UCLA," Kyle Anderson Sr., his father, told the Orange County Register via text message on Friday. Orange County Register

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