Hurley Says Anderson is Top Player in Nation; UCLA, Florida Visits Planned
St. Anthony coach Bob Hurley admits he hasn’t seen every top high school player in the nation, but he’ll put Kyle Anderson up against anybody.
“I would say if there’s a better all-around player in the country, that kid must be awful good because I think Kyle is as good an all-around player as I think you can have in high school,” the Naismith Hall of Fame coach told SNY.tv.
After wowing coaches at the Peach Jam and in Las Vegas, the 6-foot-8 Anderson finished up his summer by leading the Playaz Basketball Club to titles at the Desert Duel in Arizona and the End of Summer Classic at Albright College in Pa.
“He’s maturing, he’s physically stronger, he’s fitter,” said Hurley, whose team went undefeated last season en route to the mythical national championship. “He’s one of those guys that it doesn’t happen often in the sport. He was very good last year and he’s better this year.”
Anderson is due to announce Sept. 20 for Seton Hall, St. John’s, Florida, Georgetown or UCLA.
He will be at UCLA on Wednesday for an unofficial visit, according to his father.
Then he and his mother will trip to Florida Sept. 16 for the Tennessee football game Sept. 17 and an unofficial visit.
“We will make unofficials at the remaining three schools before his decision,” Kyle Anderson Sr. told SNY.tv.
No officials visits are planned at the moment.
The feeling in many quarters is that he will elect to stay local, at either Seton Hall or St. John’s, but Hurley says Anderson isn’t stressing on the decision.
“This does not appear to be a kid who’s worrying about colleges,” Hurley said. “I think it’s organized. I think the family knows what they’re doing. Dad being a basketbal coach helps this an awful lot.
“I don’t think he’s had a nervous day all summer.”
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