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St. Anthony's Kyle Anderson takes winning to a different level

November, 14, 2011
KyleAndersonKelly Kline/ESPNHSAll Kyle Anderson did was win in his first season at St. Anthony, leading the Friars to a 33-0 record as well as the state and POWERADE FAB 50 national titles. The senior is shooting for even more success this year.
This story originally appeared in the Holiday issue of ESPNHS magazine’s New Jersey edition.

Let’s just be honest: Kyle Anderson is of a different breed.

Unlike most of his peers in the “SportsCenter” generation, the St. Anthony senior swingman isn’t always thirsty for a top play. Anderson won’t wow fans with a quick crossover — his nickname is “Slow-Mo.” He’s not known for jamming on the heads of opponents, either. In fact, the 6-foot-7 senior didn’t start dunking until a couple years ago.

That’s not to say Anderson can’t do these things, but for the most part, he is on that old-school, grown-man’s game, using incredible instincts to fill up the stat sheet.

“People say Kyle is slow, but it’s never been a problem in my eyes,” says St. Anthony Hall of Fame basketball coach Bob Hurley. “Other kids might be better athletically, but I wish more kids would play with the controlled pace that he does all the time.

“The way he dribbles and his handle remind me of Magic Johnson, and his other sharp instincts are like Larry Bird,” Hurley continues. “If you can talk about two players like that who had such different qualities while being great, that says something about Kyle.”

Anderson’s on-court success also speaks volumes. Last year, he averaged 14.4 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game as the Friars went 33-0 en route to state and POWERADE FAB 50 national titles. He stepped it up this summer, averaging nearly a triple-double with Playaz Basketball Club at the Nike Peach Jam and earning co-MVP of the Boost Mobile Elite 24. Entering his senior campaign, Anderson was No. 5 in the ESPNU 100 and had committed to UCLA.

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Anderson visits St. John's, meets B-Diddy

September, 8, 2011
Kyle Anderson's whirlwind summer continued Wednesday when the St. Anthony senior visited St. John's, one of five schools vying for the star swingman's talents.

According to this New York Post article, Anderson got a chance to meet Cleveland Cavaliers guard Baron Davis (aka B-Diddy), who played for current Red Storm coach Steve Lavin at UCLA. (Interesting move by Davis, considering UCLA is also on Anderson's list.) The visit, which Anderson took with his mother and two brothers, also included meetings with the coaches and school president as well as a tour and hanging out with the Red Storm squad.

Anderson has been pretty quiet about his recruitment, only revealing his final five (St. John's, Georgetown, Seton Hall, UCLA and Florida) and that his decision will be announced on Sept. 20 — his 18th birthday. The No. 5 player in the ESPNU 100 will take a visit to Florida before weighing his options.

Brandon Parker covers New Jersey for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.
To be part of the Boost Mobile Elite 24 roster is impressive enough. But by the close of the weekend, Kyle Anderson had added a lot more to his rèsumè.

On Friday, the St. Anthony star senior showed the versatility that's earned him the No. 5 spot in the ESPNU 100 by winning the skills competition.

And the next day, Anderson dropped 18 points and eight assists during the big game, pushing the Marques Johnson squad to a 142-132 win and earning him team co-MVP honors along with Montrose Christian's (Rockville, Md.) Justin Anderson.

Anderson's big weekend led Kevin Durant to tweet this afterward:
"...slow motion the best high school player in the land!!"- @KDTrey5

For those who don't know "Slow Motion" (or "Slow Mo") refers to Anderson's on-court nickname. And while the senior swingman might appear slow in his ways, he's on the fast track to stardom at the high school level and beyond.

Click here for more from the game and here for video on Brewster Academy's (Wolfeboro, N.H.) Mitch McGary breaking the backboard during pre-game warmups.

Brandon Parker covers New Jersey for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.