Anthony with the North Carolina Tar Heels in 2019
|No. 2 – North Carolina Tar Heels|
|League||Atlantic Coast Conference|
|Born||May 15, 2000|
|Listed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Listed weight||190 lb (86 kg)|
|College||North Carolina (2019–present)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Cole Hilton Anthony (born May 15, 2000) is an American college basketball player for the North Carolina Tar Heels of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Listed at 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m) and 190 pounds (86 kg), he plays the point guard position. He is widely projected to be a top-five pick in the 2020 NBA draft, with multiple analysts calling him a potential first overall pick in the draft.
The son of former NBA player Greg Anthony, he grew up in Manhattan, New York. Anthony started his high school career with Archbishop Molloy High School before transferring to Oak Hill Academy for his final season. He was rated a consensus five-star recruit and top-five player in the 2019 class. As a senior, he earned USA Today All-USA first team honors and was named most valuable player (MVP) of the McDonald's All-American Game, Jordan Brand Classic, and Nike Hoop Summit.
Anthony was born in Portland, Oregon, where his father, Greg Anthony, was playing for the Portland Trail Blazers in the National Basketball Association (NBA). His umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck at birth, affecting his heart rate at the time but not leading to further complications. As a toddler, Anthony moved to Manhattan, New York, where he grew up in a penthouse. Even though he came from a wealthy family, his parents did not give him a credit card. He later commented, "They don't hand anything to me in life. What they do hand to me is knowledge."
Anthony first played baseball, a sport his father initially thought he would pursue, but decided to focus on basketball in fifth grade. In his childhood, he worked with private basketball trainers and played pick-up games at local parks, seeking out older opponents. From a young age, Anthony was coached by Steve Harris, who mentored NBA player Kemba Walker and was a prominent Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) figure in New York. When he was 11 years old, he appeared in Little Ballers, a 2013 Nickelodeon documentary film directed by his mother, Crystal McCrary. The film featured Anthony's New York-based AAU team, New Heights.
High school career
In his first three years of high school, Anthony played basketball for Archbishop Molloy High School in Briarwood, New York. He was the first freshman to immediately start at point guard for Molloy. Christ the King Regional High School head coach Joe Arbitello called Anthony "the best point guard I've seen since Stephon Marbury at that age." Anthony averaged 16.9 points and 6.7 rebounds per game and garnered All-Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) Class AA second team recognition.
As a sophomore, Anthony led Molloy to the CHSAA Class AA city championship finals, where his team was upset by Cardinal Hayes High School. He recorded a season-high 31 points in a win over Iona Prep in December 2016. Anthony averaged 20.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 5.8 assists per game and was named to the All-CHSAA Class AA first team with teammate, junior Moses Brown. In June 2017, he played for the PSA Cardinals at the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) and was named Defensive Player of the Year after leading all players in steals.
In his junior season, Anthony and Moses Brown formed one of the top duos in high school basketball, as well as in Molloy's history. As team co-captain, he averaged a league-high 23.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game. Anthony was named All-CHSAA Class AA first team, USA Today All-USA third team, and MaxPreps Junior All-American third team. He scored a season-best 37 points against John Marshall High School at the City of Palms Classic in December 2017. In July 2018, Anthony won the most valuable player (MVP) award with the PSA Cardinals at the Nike EYBL after averaging 26.9 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 3.5 assists over 16 games.
On July 28, 2018, Anthony announced that he would transfer to Oak Hill Academy, a school in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia with a decorated basketball program. He joined the team with Kofi Cockburn, another highly regarded prospect in the 2019 class. He averaged a triple-double of 17.8 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists per game. Anthony was named the most valuable player (MVP) of the 2019 McDonald's All-American Game after totaling 14 points, five rebounds and seven assists. He was named MVP of the Nike Hoop Summit and shared the honors at the Jordan Brand Classic.
Anthony was considered one of the top recruits in the 2019 class since his sophomore season in high school. On April 23, 2019, Anthony committed to play college basketball for North Carolina. His other top choices were Georgetown, Notre Dame, and Oregon. By the end of his high school career, he was by consensus a five-star recruit and top-five player in his class. ESPN ranked him as the second-best player in the class.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||Commit date|
|Briarwood, New York||Oak Hill Academy (VA)||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||Apr 23, 2019|
|Recruiting star ratings: Scout: N/A Rivals: 247Sports: ESPN: ESPN grade: 96|
|Overall recruiting rankings: Rivals: 4 247Sports: 3 ESPN: 2|
National team career
Anthony played for the United States at the 2018 FIBA Under-18 Americas Championship in St. Catharines, Ontario. In the final, he scored a team-high 18 points in a 113–74 win over Canada to win the gold medal. After averaging 14.3 points and 4.2 assists per game, he was named to the all-tournament team. Anthony took part in USA Basketball men's junior national team October minicamp in 2016 and 2018.
Anthony is the son of Greg Anthony and Crystal McCrary. Greg Anthony was a member of the 1989–90 UNLV national championship team and played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for 11 seasons, before joining NBA TV and Turner Sports as an analyst and broadcaster. Crystal McCrary worked as a lawyer before becoming an author and filmmaker.
Anthony's stepfather Ray McGuire played college basketball for Harvard and is an investment banker for Citigroup. His stepmother, Chere Lucas Anthony, attended Duke University and is a dermatologist. Anthony lives with his mother and stepfather but keeps in close touch with his biological father.
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