Just how good is North Carolina’s Cole Anthony?
Well, since the former Archbishop Molloy High School (Queens, N.Y.) star underwent an arthroscopic procedure to treat a partially torn meniscus in his right knee in December, the Tarheels have posted a 2-5 mark and are 8-8 overall thus far.
In the nine contests Anthony has played in this season with UNC, the 19-year-old is averaging solid numbers: 19.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.
But the North Carolina star freshman point guard indicated in an Instagram post on Thursday that he plans to remain with the team despite the injury that has kept him out of action for more than a month.
That’s good news for the Tarheels, whose season is hanging in the balance, and would need a strong second half resurgence, or an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Tournament title, in order to receive an NCAA Tournament bid.
There have been previous discussions that Anthony — son of former NBAer, Greg Anthony — would shut his season down and focus on entering the 2020 NBA draft, but that doesn’t seem to be the case as of now.
No exact time table for Anthony’s return has been given by the team at this point, however.
Several sports media outlets have projected Anthony, who’s likely one-and-done player, as a top-five NBA draft pick.
— Jerry Del Priore