Kyle is a 18 years old 6’8 point guard from Fairview, New Jersey. Hes been playing basketball since he was 1. Kyle Anderson is also a five-star recruit, and has committed to UCLA. He is the No. 6 recruit in the nation and is No. 2 in his position of small forward. Anderson is said to have excellent court vision and versatility. He is also seen as a great passer and overall player with a high basketball IQ.
But what sets him apart as the Nation’s most important recruit? Anderson, who many consider to be a point forward, has the lateral quickness and overwhelming length to play any position on the perimeter. Where he is best fit, however, is at the point.
Aside from his ability to facilitate, Anderson is one of the rare prospects who knows how to properly utilize his size. Throughout his senior year of high school, the Fairview, NJ, native displayed a welcomed tendency to post up smaller opponents. He also finished well when close to the basket, utilizing his length and crafty ball handling to enter and finish in the lane.
The spotlight often draws attention in a way that is not always glamorous. People know, or think they know, all about you. What was the worst part about national attention?
I don’t really mind the national attention. I know that no matter where I go or what I do, people are always watching me so I try and be on my best behavior at all time.
We all know a sport changes drastically from high school to college. Has the media attention heightened or lessened your confidence level in any way?
I try to remain humble at all times. There’s a saying my father always taught me, and it is: “act like you been here.” That’s something I have followed my whole life.
What was your biggest failure or regret?
After winning a big game, I was in the locker room and I was very excited with my team and said a few words that I know my parents taught me not to use. But I was in the moment. I was excited and couldn’t help it. Someone was recording and a lot of people saw it. I was embarrassed, not only for myself but for my family, but I learned my lesson.
NCAA sports are less of an amateur showcase these days than they are a de facto minor league for the pro’s. What are you doing to prepare for the big stage?
I basically just need to stay focused, remain humble and work hard, the same thing I’ve been doing my whole life.
We know that your plans for basketball do not end at your intended university, how would you know you are ready for the pro’s?
I guess Ill know when I know. Only time and hard work can really tell.
Everyone has an area they excel in, yours is basketball. But what might you have been doing had you never picked up a basketball?
(Laughs) I cant really answer that, basketball is all I know.
Other than basketball, what are the things you are looking forward to the most/least?
Free time and just being a regular kid. I love basketball and I love what I do, but I also love just chillin with my boys, playing 2k Basketball and eating.
What goes through your head during the last seconds of a game?
I just need to win.
There are countless players with talent that self destructed. How do you keep yourself well grounded and away from all the distractions?
There’s always distractions no matter where you go and what you do, but my parents have taught me better than that and I would never do anything to disappoint them or jeopardize the love I have for the game of basketball.
Being selected to a nationally recognized program brings fame before you even step onto the court. What is the craziest thing a fan has done so far?
Nothing too crazy. I get a lot of fan mail sent to my house. That always bugs me out. Or when kids ring my doorbell asking for an autograph. I’m like really? You want mine? (Laughs)
Where do you see yourself in 5, 10, 50 years down the line? Even after your basketball career is over?
Hopefully making lots of money and being happy with my family.
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