Versatile UCLA sophomore Kyle Anderson has decided to enter this year’s NBA draft, his father tells Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv. Anderson played point guard for the Bruins this season, but he appears more equipped to play small forward or power forward in the NBA. He’s the 20th-rated prospect on Jonathan Givony’s DraftExpress list, and he’s No. 24 with Chad Ford of ESPN.com.
The 20-year-old led UCLA in rebounds (8.8) and assists per game (6.5), and his 14.6 points per contest were second to fellow potential first-round pick Jordan Adams. He showed significant improvement over his performance as a freshman, allowing him to surge from 79th in Givony’s preseason rankings. Critics most often point to his lack of athleticism, though he compensates for that with his wide range of skills.
UCLA’s season ended Thursday with a loss to Florida in the NCAA tournament. Anderson has until April 15th to withdraw and return to the Bruins.