Cole Anthony is seen as the consensus No. 1 point guard in the class of 2019, with just about every school in America begging him to be the leader of their program for his (likely short) college career.
For the most part, however, his recruitment has been a total mystery. He rarely does interviews, and those close to him try to avoid them, as well. Most analysts assume Duke is the favorite to land him, but they usually admit it’s more of an educated guess.
This weekend, Anthony stepped out of his comfort zone and did a sit-down interview with Zach Braziller of the New York Post.
In that discussion, the elite point guard laughed at the idea that he’s favoring Duke.
“I don’t know how people are going to tell me where they think I’m going before I even have an idea where I’m going,” Anthony said. “That’s what I find hilarious.”
So when is a decision coming? Anthony said he’s going to wait until the spring to make sure the coach he commits to is still there when he eventually suits up.
“The plan is to do a late commitment,” Anthony said. “We just want to wait until the last minute possible, when we’re sure the same coaches are going to be there. You don’t want to commit [to a school], a coaching change happens, and you have to decommit. It doesn’t look good on your part.”
There have been rumors that Mike Krzyzewski is nearing retirement, so that could obviously be a factor in his decision. Especially if he’s worried about coaching stability, and none of the other coaches on his not-so-structured list are necessarily on the hot seat.
But what will he be looking for in his school? A team capable of winning a national championship.
“I’d like to be in a position, from day one as a freshman, to be able to go and win a national championship,” he said.
Another factor that plays in Kentucky’s favor? Anthony is a huge fan of Kentucky commit Tyrese Maxey, going as far as to say he “could obviously see (himself) playing with him.”
“That’s my boy,” Anthony said in an interview with Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader. “Me and Tyrese, we talk a lot, obviously. He keeps pushing Kentucky on me. Obviously, we’re going to consider Kentucky. But there are no frontrunners in this. I don’t even have a list. Tyrese, love his game. I could obviously see myself playing with him.
“I think we would complement each other’s games. We both can shoot it. We’re both aggressive. We’re both very good defenders. So I could see it happening.”
Watch him work:
Choose the correct shade of blue, Mr. Anthony.