Ron Holmes, whose son Shabazz Muhammad (pictured at left) is widely considered the top high school senior in the country, said Kyle Anderson's commitment to UCLA would not necessarily sway his son's college decision.
"They are good friends and have talked about playing college ball together," Holmes said in a text message, "but they both at the end of the day have to do what's best for themselves."
The commitment of Anderson, a 6-foot-8 point guard-forward from Jersey City (N.J.) St. Anthony's, bolsters what is shaping up as one of the top recruiting classes in the nation. The Bruins had already received commitments from highly touted shooting guard Jordan Adams of Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill Academy and point guard Dominic Artis of Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep.
"We all have one common goal, and that's to win a national championship," said Anderson, who picked UCLA over Seton Hall, Georgetown, Florida and St. John's.
Anderson said he was not scared off by a potential logjam at point guard in Westwood for the 2012-13 season. In addition to Artis and Anderson, the Bruins will have North Carolina transfer Larry Drew II, who will be in his final year of collegiate eligibility.
Anderson said UCLA Coach Ben Howland's record of producing successful NBA point guards was a major selling point. Recent Bruins Jordan Farmar, Russell Westbrook and Darren Collison have all become productive professional players.
Anderson said he was also looking forward to playing in the renovated Pauley Pavilion.
"That would be pretty cool, to be there for the first game," he said.
As far as trying to lure Muhammad to complete the recruiting class, Anderson said, "We'd love for Shabazz to come along with us." Holmes said his son, a 6-6 forward from Las Vegas Bishop Gorman, has not scheduled his official visit to UCLA.
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