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Kyle Anderson returning to UCLA for sophomore season


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Kyle Anderson will return to UCLA for his sophomore season, confirming reports from late March that had Anderson doing just that.

The confirmation came from CBSSports.com’s Jeff Goodman.

Anderson showed a complete game in his first season with the Bruins, averaging 9.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game in 29.9 minutes per for UCLA, which lost to Minnesota in the Round of 64 in the NCAA Tournament. Anderson will also return to a program with a new coach after Steve Alford replaced Ben Howland.

The 6-8 Anderson seemed to struggle early in the season with sporadic scoring, with games of two, zero, nine and one point in a four-game span, and decision-making. He acclimated the college game in time for Pac-12 Conference play and turned out to be one of the most important players down the stretch, helping the Bruins to the Pac-12 regular season title. He recorded eight double-doubles, including a 21-point, 15-board performance in a 79-74 overtime win over Arizona State on Feb. 27.

Anderson had a decent season at the end, but was overshadowed by teammate Shabazz Muhammad’s play and headlines. This is a good decision for Anderson, a tall point guard who could thrive in the NBA with some time to perfect his already stellar passing ability — he carried a 1.7 assist-to-turnover ratio through the season. He finished with 122 assists against 73 turnovers and will probably take over a bulk of the distribution duties with Larry Drew II’s 7.4 assists per game and 3.1 assist-to-turnover ratio exiting.

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Clemson lands 2017 guard

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Clemson landed a quality commitment on Tuesday as Class of 2017 guard A.J. Oliver committed to the Tigers. The son of Clemson women’s head coach Audra Smith, Oliver is regarded as a three-star prospect, according to Rivals, although some others view him as a top-100 caliber player.

The 6-foot-4 Oliver attends nearby Daniel High School and should have some time to get acclimated with the players and coaches before he sets foot on campus. A versatile guard who plays hard, Oliver showed that he can make plays with the ball in his hands this summer with the Upward Stars.

Oliver is Clemson’s first commitment in the Class of 2017 and it’s a strong start for head coach Brad Brownell.

Arizona’s Tarczewski out 4-to-6 weeks

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Arizona will be without senior center Kaleb Tarczewski for 4-to-6 weeks, the school announced on Tuesday. The 7-foot Tarczewski suffered a stress reaction and strained muscle to his left foot and he’ll have some time to heal before the main portion of the Pac-12 conference schedule.

The experienced Tarczewski was averaging 8.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game before going down with injury. Without the senior in the lineup, Arizona fell to Providence in the Wooden Legacy last week. Without Tarczewski in the lineup, the Wildcats could turn to center Dusan Ristic while forward Ryan Anderson has had some solid outings this season.

Missing Tarczewski for the rest of non-conference play will hurt but he’ll get to rest and recover for the stretch run while the Wildcats can mix in some new frontcourt pieces.