Kyle Anderson became the Bruins' best ball distributor as a sophomore. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
UCLA sophomore guard Kyle Anderson will declare for the NBA draft, according to SNY.tv. Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com reports Anderson's father, Kyle Anderson Sr., confirmed his son's plans.
Anderson's decision comes after the Bruins were ousted from the NCAA tournament Thursday night with a 79-68 loss to Florida.
Anderson is projected to be a mid-to-late first round pick and could utilize his 6-foot-9 frame as a shooting/passing forward in the NBA. He averaged 14.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 1.8 steals in 2013-14 and improved his three-point shooting from 21 percent in his freshman season to 48 percent this season.
“Kyle is totally prepared mentally to come out,”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.”