UCLA signs top recruit Kyle Anderson
UCLA has signed Kyle Anderson and Jordan Adams, two players ranked in the ESPNU top 50 basketball recruits, to letters of intent, coach Ben Howland announced Wednesday on the first day of the fall signing period.
Anderson, a 6-foot-7 swingman out of St. Anthony High School in New Jersey, is the No. 5 recruit in the nation. He is expected to play point guard for UCLA. Adams is a 6-foot-5 small forward out of Oak Hill Academy in Virginia who is the No. 50 recruit.
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"I'm really excited about both these kids," Howland said. "Both those kids are way ahead of the game in terms of understanding the game mentally and having a feel for the game."
Howland said there is a possibility of adding another player during the fall signing period, which runs through Nov. 16, and that he expects to sign four player in this class.
Among the players still available is Shabazz Muhammad, the No. 1 recruit in the nation who has said he won't sign until the regular signing period in April. Muhammad is deciding between UCLA, USC, Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, UNLV, Memphis and Texas A&M.
Until Muhammad announces his decision, Anderson will be considered the prize of Howland's class. He's an elite-level passer with excellent court vision and can play point guard, shooting guard and small forward.
His team won the national high school championship last season.
"He's got unbelievable skills for a guy his size with the ball," Howland said. "He's shooting the ball really well, he can score, he can pass, he can rebound it. Kids are excited to play with him because they know they're going to get the ball. He can go through a whole game and take two shots and be happy as long as his team wins."
Adams is the team captain for Oak Hill Academy, one of the nation's top prep teams. He's a pure shooter with good range, the ability to drive to the basket and finish, and at 230 pounds brings some heft to a finesse position.
"He's very skilled," Howland said. "Big body, he can play the two and the three. He's a very good passer. Great kid and he's a winner."
Adams, a Georgia native, played for the Atlanta Celtics club team formerly run by new UCLA assistant coach Korey McCray. That relationship was instrumental in getting Adams to sign with the Bruins.
"It was big," Howland said. "He's known the kid for a long time, has a great relationship with him. There's no question. We don't get Jordan Adams if Korey is not on our staff."
Peter Yoon covers UCLA for ESPNLosAngeles.com.