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Kyle Anderson has averaged 14.9 ppg, 8.6 rpg and 6.9 apg this season (AP Photo)
UCLA's Kyle Anderson Among 15 Finalists for Oscar Robertson Trophy
By: UCLA Athletics

ST. LOUIS – UCLA sophomore guard Kyle Anderson has been named as one of 15 finalists for the 2014 Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year Trophy, as announced Thursday by the U.S. Basketball Writers’ Association (USBWA).

Anderson, a 6-foot-9 product hailing from Fairview, N.J., has averaged 14.9 points, 8.6 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game during his sophomore season. No player in the country has averaged as close to a triple-double on a nightly basis as has Anderson.

Anderson and Connecticut’s Shabazz Napier are the nation’s only two players to have been named to midseason “watch lists” for the John R. Wooden Award, the Naismith Trophy and the Bob Cousy Award (nation’s top point guard) as well as being a finalist for the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year Trophy.

Anderson, with 232 rebounds and 185 assists as a sophomore, is looking to become the Pac-12 Conference’s first-ever player to have logged at least 200 rebounds and 200 assists in the same season. As a freshman in 2012-13, Anderson became the Pac-12 Conference’s first player since Bill Walton in 1973-74 to have registered at least 300 rebounds and 100 assists in the same season.

Through games played Wednesday, Feb. 26, Anderson leads all Pac-12 players in assists per game (6.9) and ranks fourth in the conference in rebounds per game (8.6) and 13th in scoring (14.9 ppg). He also ranks fourth in the Pac-12 in assist-turnover ratio (2.1) and fourth in steals per game (1.7).

Looking at this week’s national rankings (through Feb. 23), Anderson was fifth in the country in assists per game (6.9), and 54th in rebounds per game (8.6).

Anderson’s efforts as the Bruins’ primary point guard have helped UCLA to a 21-6 overall record and 10-4 mark in Pac-12 play (currently in second place).

The Bruins entered the week ranking No. 8, nationally, in points per game (82.9), No. 8 in field goal percentage (49.5), No. 7 in three-point field goal percentage (40.5), No. 4 in assists per game (17.6), No. 3 in assist-turnover ratio (1.65) and No. 2 in steals per game (10.0).

Anderson has shot 49.8 percent overall from the field and has dramatically improved his production from behind the three-point arc, converting at a 50.0 percent clip (22-for-44) as a sophomore.

UCLA is back in action against Oregon in Pauley Pavilion on Thursday evening. Game time is 8 p.m. (PT). The Bruins’ game against the Ducks (18-8, 6-8 Pac-12) will be nationally televised by ESPN2.

2014 Oscar Robertson Trophy Finalists

Name School Year Height Weight
Kyle Anderson UCLA So. 6-9 230
Cameron Bairstow New Mexico Sr. 6-9 250
Cleanthony Early Wichita State Sr. 6-8 219
Tyler Ennis Syracuse Fr. 6-2 180
C.J. Fair Syracuse Sr. 6-8 215
Nick Johnson Arizona Jr. 6-3 200
Sean Kilpatrick Cincinnati Sr. 6-4 210
Doug McDermott Creighton Sr. 6-8 225
Shabazz Napier Connecticut Sr. 6-1 180
Jabari Parker Duke Fr. 6-8 225
Casey Prather Florida Sr. 6-6 212
Julius Randle Kentucky Fr. 6-9 250
Russ Smith Louisville Sr. 6-0 165
Andrew Wiggins Kansas Fr. 6-8 200
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