September 19, 2011

Kyle Anderson's recruiting saga, replete with countless twists and turns, came to an end Monday night. The heralded 6-8 point forward from St. Anthony High School in Jersey City, N.J., verbally committed to UCLA.

"I chose UCLA cause I feel they can help me improve my defense and we will have a good chance of winning a National Championship," Anderson said.

He chose the Bruins over Florida, Georgetown, St. John's and Seton Hall, who had one last shot to sway his decision during an in-home visit Monday night.

Anderson becomes Ben Howland's third 2012 pledge, joining small forward Jordan Adams (Lawrenceville, Ga./Oak Hill Academy) and fellow point guard Dominic Artis (Richmond, Calif./Findlay College Prep).

"Coach Howland says that I will be fighting for the point guard spot, as long as I'm on the court I'll be good," he said.

A 2011 first team Five-Star Summer All-American, Anderson is Rivals' No. 2 ranked overall player in 2012 and No. 1 floor leader.

He propelled St. Anthony to a spotless 33-0 ledger in 2010-11, rounding up a NJSIAA Non-Public B State Championship, New Jersey Tournament of Champions title, and a mythical national championship

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