5-Star Anthony has 'Good Feelings' about Oregon

April 11, 2019

By MIchael Visenberg

The Nike Hoop Summit has become a gathering of NBA scouts, executives and general managers, seemingly more making the trip to Portland every year. It’s USA versus the World format makes it much different than a typical post-season high school All-Star game, as both teams have something to play for. While NBA front offices can only go to one USA practice, it is usually heavily attended and it is where Cole Anthony will get an early chance to show where he fits in the landscape of the 2020 NBA Draft.

Anthony is rated as one of the top players in the high school class of 2019 and has narrowed his college choices to Georgetown, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Oregon. At the USA Minicamp in Colorado Springs, he broke down how the Ducks have made a strong case in terms of their game plan around his future, “Oregon, which I thought was pretty interesting, they laid out a whole one-year plan for me. It would be from the start of my Oak Hill graduation, all the way up through the NBA Draft. So, it was really impressive.”

At the first USA practice on Wednesday, Anthony showed his leadership and what has made some see him as the alpha in this high school class. Coming off an MVP performance at the McDonald’s All-American game (14 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, 0 turnovers) and a strong showing in leading Oak Hill Academy to the GEICO National semifinals, Anthony displayed his shooting prowess in drills and his confident handle. He also showed that he could get into the lane and create for himself and others. His decision-making is not always indicative of his McDonald’s stat line, though he is definitely a playmaker and a very strong competitor, as he was one of the leaders for the USA’s Gold Medal winning team this past summer at the U18 FIBA Americas.

Anthony is set to play at the Jordan Brand Classic April 20 in Las Vegas, and it is rumored that he may announce there or slightly after. With the decision looming, he still was quite high on what the Ducks bring to the table. When asked about his feelings currently about their one-year plan, he said, “I have really good feelings about Oregon. I love the school and the whole coaching staff there, am really high on them.”

He was very impressed with the Sweet 16 run, where he noticed the teams progress through their late season 10 game winning streak. Anthony also pointed out that he has good relationships with Will Richardson, Kenny Wooten as well as departing one-and-done, Bol Bol. He also noted that he keeps in touch with incoming Oregon recruits CJ Walker and his one-time Oak Hill teammate, Chandler Lawson, who was also there when he was on his visit to Eugene. Anthony also remarked that he thought his trip to Eugene was a great experience that he heavily enjoyed.

The recruitment of Cole Anthony has been a heavy mystery for the most part and while it is rumored that North Carolina is the favorite, it still is not necessarily a lock come decision day. His father, Greg Anthony, was a teammate of Georgetown’s Patrick Ewing on the Knicks. Notre Dame’s Mike Brey has been a strong recruiter with a playing style that would likely put the ball in Anthony’s hands from day one. Oregon still is definitely in the thick of things and on Friday at 7 pm PST at the Moda Center in Portland, they have a chance to show Cole Anthony what they bring to the table.

Duck fans came out in full force for Bol Bol’s Hoop Summit game and it was an experience that was not lost on him before he got to campus. Oregon still seems to be in play for Anthony and if Duck fans wanted to give him a game to remember, it would be great to have a strong crowd cheering him on. It may not put Cole Anthony in an Oregon uniform, but it certainly could give him something to think about in the days leading up to the end of his recruitment.

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