Kyle Anderson Puts on Show at EYBL
There’s no doubt that coaches and recruiters are salivating over the thought of having Kyle Anderson on their team next season after watching him dominate the Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) for the New Jersey-based Playaz Basketball Club.
Even though the tournament is over, with the Playaz losing to the Oakland Soldiers in the quarterfinals, Anderson and his team did finish the EYBL at 4-1 with Anderson almost averaging a triple-double. Other than his free throw shooting, everything about his game looked great.
Targeted by St. John’s, Seton Hall, Georgetown, and Florida, Anderson averaged 18.8 points, 8.2 assists, and 9.2 rebounds per game. Almost averaging a triple double, he showed that he is an elite facilitator who can also dominate defensive rebounding, allowing him to take the board and handle the game from end to end – a la Jason Kidd.
Anderson also shot 4 for 6 from outside the arc, and 57% inside the arc, continuing his sharp play from Anderson’s first day at Peach Jam. The only issue with his game was the 56% shooting on free throws (27 of 48). He shot 69% in the first set of EYBL sessions, so perhaps this is just a hiccup. Anderson is dominant enough that it is no reason to hate on the 2012 prospect’s game moving forward.
A lot has been written about Anderson’s unique abilities and rightfully so. He processes the game on a higher level than the rest and has the skill level and length to capitalize on his high basketball IQ.
He was brilliant against every defender on the Oakland Soldiers roster. They threw bigger guys at him and he used his deadly crossover to get into the paint. They threw shorter, quicker defenders at him and he went down to the right block and went to work. It seemed like every player on the Oakland Soldiers got a chance at stopping Kyle Anderson and every one came away shaking their head. Scouts can critique Anderson’s foot speed all they want. He is a winning basketball player who will excel at any college he chooses thanks to his toughness, basketball IQ, and leadership.