Cole Anthony, son of former NBA player Greg Anthony, is considered one of the top recruits in the class of 2019. A few outlets list him as the No. 1 point guard in the nation, and most have him in the top-five, regardless of position.
A 6-foot-3 playmaker with elite scoring ability, ball-handling, and athleticism, Anthony is being recruited by just about every top school in the nation. He has reportedly taken a major step up this summer, and he could finish as the top overall recruit when it’s all said and done.
Not really breaking news but Cole Anthony is on a whole other level than the other point guards at USA 18U trials.
— Jerry Meyer (@jerrymeyer247) June 1, 2018
Most recruiting analysts believe Duke is the leader for Anthony, though his comments made at the USA Basketball U-18 Training Camp in Colorado Springs seem to indicate it’s not as much of a lock people believe.
In an interview with Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader, Anthony said Kentucky commit Tyrese Maxey is pushing him to UK, and he could certainly see that come to fruition.
“That’s my boy,” he said. “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.”
Anthony is extremely quiet when it comes to his recruitment, very rarely listing any favorite schools or those involved. It’s usually his father, Greg, who talks to coaches, as the elite guard wants to focus on his game and his game only. He added that he isn’t even close to making a decision.
“He talks to most of the coaches,” Cole told the Herald-Leader. “There are occasions when some coaches will text me or call, and I’m respectful, I’m obviously going to pick up the call or text them back, but we’re just not anywhere close to making a decision.”
Anthony is currently the Nike EYBL leader in points per game at 27, made free throws at 130, and is shooting just short of 90-percent from the free throw line. He’s also shooting nearly 40-percent from three, proving to be one of the top shooters in the AAU circuit.
We still have a long way to go in his recruitment, but Kentucky seems to be in a solid spot, especially if Maxey continues to put in work on the recruiting trail.
For more of Anthony’s interview with the Herald-Leader, check it out here.