Meet the next great point guard – UNC’s Cole Anthony

Anthony takes things over in Chapel Hill

Cole Anthony

Cole Anthony’s reputation unquestionably precedes him.

As the son of former NBA guard Greg Anthony and the top point guard in the 2019 high-school class, the product of New York’s Archbishop Molloy arrived at North Carolina this fall amid much fanfare. And in his first game as a Tar Heel, he didn’t do anything to betray that.

In the Nov. 6 season opener against Notre Dame, the Atlantic Coast Conference preseason freshman of the year went off for 34 points, 11 rebounds and five assists in UNC’s 76-65 victory at Chapel Hill. Included in that performance is his 15 points during a 29-13 second-half run that put the Tar Heels in control.

Though only 19, Anthony is the type of player that can take ownership of a game on a nightly basis, a master shot-maker with deep range, an explosive vertical leap and a burning desire to be the go-to guy. Blessed with incredible quickness, he can burn teams in the lane. Cut him off there and he can shoot threes over the top of them. That he has the desire to only get better should scare every other team in the ACC as well as those he may meet in March. And for that matter the NBA, since he has already said he will enter the 2020 draft after his one year on Tobacco Road.

Anthony and the Tar Heels can be seen twice this week: Wednesday, Dec. 18, at Gonzaga on ESPN2; and Saturday, Dec. 21, at home against UCLA on CBS.

Full name: Cole Hilton Anthony

Birth date: May 15, 2000

Birthplace: Portland, Ore. (raised in New York City)

Height/weight: 6 feet, 3 inches/190 pounds

Teams: North Carolina Tar Heels (2019-present)

Class: Freshman

Position: Point guard

No.: 2

Honors and achievements: McDonald’s All-American Game MVP (2019); Jordan Brand Classic MVP (2019); Nike Hoop Summit MVP (2019); gold medal, FIBA Under-18 Americas Championship (2018)

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