According to the Orange County Register, UCLA freshman Kyle Anderson “does not have plans to declare” for the 2013 NBA Draft. That fact shouldn’t even be a question, however.
The Bruins recently parted ways with head coach Ben Howland, the coach who recruited Anderson to UCLA. Now, albeit fellow freshman Shabazz Muhammad appears all but one and done for the Bruins, whoever does take over the program should inherit a pretty talented squad.
Larry Drew II was the only senior on the roster this season and with Anderson’s “plans” to return to school, the Bruins could be slated to once again threaten atop the Pac-12 Conference even despite the off-season coaching change.
Standing at 6-foot-9, Anderson has all the intangibles to be quite the versatile play maker at the professional level, but this decision to come back to Westwood should be a no-brainer. Not only will it help the Bruins next season, but it will also help Anderson.
There was a lot of unnecessary baggage hanging over UCLA this season, from the Howland speculation to the Muhammad investigation to everything in between, the Bruins are one solid off-season away from re-adjusting with a new coach and getting back on track.
Anderson will be in a position, alongside fellow freshman Jordan Adams, to really take control of the reigns and push UCLA forward. That’s how it helps the Bruins, but in terms of Anderson and his own, down-the-road potential, well that should speak for itself.
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