Slow? Maybe. Talented? No question. 5-star breaks down fellow 5-star.

22 Jul

By Bobby Bancroft
National Hoops Report

Last week during the 2011 EYBL Finals at the Nike Peach Jam, everybody was evaluating talent.  College coaches, scouts, and members of the media invaded the Riverview Park Activities Center in North Augusta, South Carolina to check out the best high school basketball players in the country.  Nobody left the event without some sort of opinion as to who the best players were and why they were so successful.

Even the players chipped in with their evaluations of other players.

That’s exactly what happened after the Oakland Soldiers (CA) defeated the Playaz Basketball Club (NJ) 79-73 in a widely entertaining quarterfinal showdown.

After securing 18 points and 11rebounds in the victory, Brandon Ashley gave his thoughts on fellow 5-star recruit, Kyle Anderson.

“He’s the slowest player I’ve played against in my life,” said Ashley.

Now don’t get angry Anderson fans.  It didn’t initially sound like a compliment but as Ashley went on, he had nothing but the praise for the versatile point forward’s game.

“But he’s one of the most skilled players that you will ever play in the world,” Ashley went on to say.

“There’s something about him.  He’s a 6’8” point guard but you really cannot stop him.  He gets into the lane whenever he wants to.  It’s always a challenge and it’s always a great game when you play against Kyle.”

Ashley was right on all accounts.  Even in defeat, Anderson had another monster game for the Playaz by narrowly missing out on a triple double with 20 points, 9 rebounds, and 10 assists.  Or in other words, he was right about on his averages for the week.

Much of the chatter all week about Anderson focused on whether or not he would be able to play the point guard position at the next level.  Ashley also weighed in on the subject.

“I feel like he’s more of a point forward, maybe a 3 man once he gets to the next level because going against point guards, I don’t know if he can keep up with them,” said Ashley.

So if Anderson is as slow as Ashley said after playing against him, how can he possibly put up such great numbers playing against the best players in the country?

“I really couldn’t tell you,” Ashley said.

If Anderson is indeed slow, having a team full of slow players wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world.

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