Guards Kyle Anderson and Zach LaVine have officially declared for the NBA draft, UCLA announced today.
Anderson’s father, Kyle Sr., told numerous outlets at various points in before, during and after the Bruins’ Sweet Sixteen run that his son was bound for the pros after his sophomore season. LaVine’s decision was reported last month.
“My two years at UCLA were two of the best years of my life,” Anderson said in a statement. “It was a tough decision to make with my family since our last game, but I have decided to enter my name into the NBA Draft. I will still continue to embrace the UCLA community, and I hope they will do the same with me.”
The school did not release any information regarding leading scorer Jordan Adams, who led the team with 17.4 points last season. The 6-foot-5 wing is still considering going pro, and has until the NBA early entry deadline on April 27 to make a decision.
Both Anderson and LaVine have generated mixed reviews among scouts. The former was a third-team AP All-American who averaged 14.6 points, 8.8 rebounds and 6.5 assists — but may not be able to transition to the next level as a 6-foot-9 point guard. LaVine has immense upside as an athletic combo guard, but failed to score in double digits in 14 of his last 18 games.
DraftExpress.com projects Anderson as the 17th overall pick, and LaVine as the 28th. It has Adams as the 24th pick.