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UCLA Basketball Takes a Step Forward
By Steve Finley Sentinel Contributing Sports Writer
Published December 19, 2012


A 6-9 point guard playing in Los Angeles will naturally be compared to Magic Johnson.  But UCLA’s Kyle Anderson knows that he is a long way away from that level of greatness.  AP Photo/David J. Phillip

After taking several steps back the past few weeks the UCLA Bruins basketball team took a big step forward last Saturday when they beat Prairie View 95-53.  The Bruins were led by highly touted freshmen Shabazz Muhammad’s 25 and Kyle Anderson’s 16 points. 

Muhammad, who plays like he’s ready for the NBA appears to have the skills to lead the Bruins out of the basement and at least half way to the penthouse.  If he continues to improve he will live up to expectations that have made him the best freshman basketball player in the nation.

The other Bruin freshmen that were part of the number one recruiting class are Tony Parker, and Jordan Adams.  

If there is one player that holds the key to the Bruins success this season it’s probably Anderson. Against Prairie View Anderson had 11 rebounds and 7 assists to go along with his 16 points.

Playing in Los Angeles, the 6-9 point guard will always be compared to Magic Johnson.  “I know I am a long way from being Magic Johnson,” Anderson said.  “That’s out of the picture. I just try to play my game.”

This week the Bruins will host Fresno State Saturday, December 22 at 8 p.m.


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