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RECRUITING COMING UNDER FOCUS FOR KYLE ANDERSON JR.
As one of the elite prospects in the Class of 2012 the spotlight has shown brightly on Kyle Anderson for some time. The former Paterson Catholic player made the move to legendary coach Bob Hurley’s St. Anthony’s program in Jersey City (NJ) this past season and the results were sparkling. St. Anthony’s finished undefeated and in their mega-showdown against St. Patrick’s in the NJSIAA Non-Public, North B Final the Friars came out with a 62-45 win in front of over 8,000 at the RAC on the Rutgers campus. In typical Anderson fashion, the 6-foot-8 do-everything G/F tallied 11 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 blocks and 2 steals in the contest. He spent much of the game matched up on the defensive end with Class of 2011 elite prospect Michael Gilchrist, who finished with just 7 points on two of 11 shooting from the field. Anderson’s early fourth-quarter block on a Gilchrist drive sparked a run-out basket by St. Anthony’s and an 8-0 run that turned the tide of the game. The Friars outscored the favored Celtics 23-5 in the final eight-minute period to claim the win.
Now that his junior high school season has ended, Anderson is on the AAU trail once again with the NJ Playaz. As one of the most heavily recruited players in the Class of 2012 the attention Anderson receives is constant from recruiting reporters and scouts. This past weekend Matt Whitfield of NBE caught up with Anderson while he was playing in the Nike Baltimore Elite Invitational to discuss the latest in his recruitment. As he said in the past, Anderson reiterated that Kevin Willard and his staff at Seton Hall continues to put in the biggest effort in his recruitment.
“Yeah, they’re definitely recruiting me the hardest and doing the best job,” Anderson said of the Pirates. “They got good recruits coming in so they’re definitely up there for me to go. I think [I could see myself] playing with the recruits that they’re bringing in and some of the players they have there [already]”
“That’s it really,” he said of the list. “I told the rest of the schools I wasn’t really interested.”
Kyle Anderson is a match-up nightmare at the college level and coaches drool over his versatility. Can Seton Hall close the deal? If so, it would be quite a feather in the cap for the staff of Kevin Willard that is still trying to put the perception of the program left by the previous regime behind them. With some big time programs also in pursuit, this will be one interesting recruitment to follow as it reaches a conclusion, likely this fall.