UCLA on New Jersey Prospect

He's been called a 6-8 point forward, and Jersey City St. Anthony's Kyle Anderson is getting recruited nationwide because of his unique talent. He talked to Scout.com recently about his recruitment...

This article was published by Scout.com's Rutgers' site, ScarletReport.com.

The recruitment of 6-foot-8, 220-pound St. Anthony High (Jersey City, N.J.) five-star junior Kyle Anderson has been quiet the last few months because that was the family's wish while concentrating on the season.

However, that will be changing soon.

The Friars are the top-ranked team in the nation, and are two wins away from an undefeated season and a national title. Once the season ends, Anderson and his father, Kyle Sr., will be making an unofficial visit to local Rutgers.

"I'm interested in them," Anderson said. "It's one of the few schools that is close to home and in the Big East."

Anderson's dealing with Rutgers has been limited during the season, but his father and Rutger's Head Coach Mike Rice have known each other for years and have been conversing. Kyle Sr. was a New Jersey high school basketball coach when Rice was working at the Hoop Group (2001-04) and serving as director of the Eastern Invitational Basketball Camp, and the two continue to remain in contact.

Anderson is also hearing about Rutgers from teammate and point guard Myles Mack, who signed with the Scarlet Knights in November.

"I talk to him a lot about it, but that's a decision he and his family have to make," Mack said. "I can play a small part, but his family is a bigger part than I am. I think he's very versatile and he can play a number of positions, so that's a great upside for him."

And the choices are plentiful.

Anderson has offers from most of the Big East programs, and is being recruited by Duke, North Carolina and UCLA.

"A couple schools that are looking at me hard are UCLA, Seton Hall, Villanova, Xavier, Miami, Virginia Tech," he said. "I'm going to think about it after the season."

Before Anderson decides on a school, he needs to make a decision on what position he will play in college. p> He is averaging 14.3 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game, and is being recruited by schools to play everything from point guard to power forward. Scout.com projects Anderson as a power forward, and he is rated No. 6 in the nation at the position in the 2012 class.

"That's one of the things I have to think about, what position I want to play in college," Anderson said. "Whatever position I decide to play, that's going to be based on what college I go to. Point guard is definitely an option."


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