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Bruins’ top recruit ‘still UCLA-bound in June,’ father says

Feb 29, 2012, 3:44 PM EDT

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Some were waiting for the fallout from Sports Illustrated’s piece on the seemingly tumultuous state of Ben Howland’s UCLA program.

But, for now, the ripple effect is well-contained.

Kyle Anderson, the 6-8 guard/forward from St. Anthony (NJ) who signed to play for the Bruins, is firm in his decision to remain with UCLA, according to his father.

“The article does not matter to Lil’ Kyle, nor our family,” Kyle Anderson Sr. told NBC Sports on Wednesday afternoon. “We support Coach Howland and the UCLA staff and Lil’ Kyle is still UCLA-bound in June.”

Anderson is one of the most coveted recruits in the country and one of two prospects signed to Howland’s program from the Class of 2012.

UCLA officials say Howland report ‘disheartening’

Speculation has picked up that the Sports Illustrated story could spell the end for Howland in Westwood, but Anderson Sr. dismissed any  talk of hypotheticals.

“No comment on that,” he said. “Sorry, but neither of us want to get into this matter.”

Anderson is a Top 5 talent in the Class of 2012, a unique combination of size, passing ability, and scoring touch.

He chose UCLA over St. John’s, Georgetown, Seton Hall, and Florida.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_