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Kyle Anderson Commits to UCLA

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Kyle Anderson chose UCLA over St. John’s, Seton Hall, Florida, and Georgetown.

Kyle Anderson Commits to UCLA

Via ZagsBlog:

One of the most intriguing and hyped recruiting processes in recent memory has finally come to an end.

And it leaves UCLA fans rejoicing, and Seton Hall and St. John’s fans heartbroken.

Kyle Anderson, a 6-foot-8 point guard from Jersey City (N.J.) St. Anthony, on Monday night chose to bring his talents to the West Coast instead of keeping them near his Fairview, N.J., home for family and friends to watch.

Anderson, who turned 18 today, is a consensus top 5 recruit in the country. He announced his decision last night through his Twitter account, which resulted in numerous congratulatory tweets from friends, family, and fans from the five schools he was considering. Although the weeks leading to his decision created a circus-like atmosphere with many conflicting reports, the Anderson family has largely been praised for handling the recruitment with class. The commitment is huge for UCLA, who now has the number two ranked recruiting class in the country, according to ESPN. Anderson joins Dominic Artis, the tenth ranked point guard, and Jordan Adams, the ninth ranked small forward, in UCLA's 2012 class. Ben Howland's team is also in a strong position to land Shabazz Muhammad, the number one player in the country. Muhammad and Anderson are good friends, and rumors of a package deal surfaced weeks ago.

“From the neck on up, he’s the best high school player in America, irrespective of class, right now,” longtime New York recruiting expert Tom Konchalski told SNY.tv about Anderson earlier this month.

“He elevates your basketball IQ. He has a basketball IQ on steroids.”

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Where do the four schools who came up short go from here? Jeff Borzello discusses the current state of each of the five finalists in the Anderson sweepstakes. Here's his take on St. John's:

Forgive the Red Storm if they weren’t completely focused on recruiting over the past week. Three incoming freshmen – Norvel Pelle, Amir Garrett and Jakarr Sampson – were ruled ineligible for the first semester. Pelle and Garrett are hoping to enroll during the second semester, while Sampson went back to Brewster Academy. If Sampson decides to return to St. John’s, the Red Storm will likely have one scholarship available for 2012-13. Ricardo Gathers will help up front, but Steve Lavin could use more help down low. Chris Obekpa, who plays at Our Savior New American (N.Y.), rose up the charts in the summer and could be someone the Red Storm target.

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