Former Archbishop Molloy HS Star Cole Anthony Declares for NBA Draft

A young Cole Anthony as an Archbishop Molloy junior at a game versus Christ the King.

There’s little doubt that North Carolina guard Cole Anthony will be a great NBA player someday.

Well, the process toward greatness has taken its first step, as Anthony announced Friday that he was departing North Carolina after just a season and entering the 2020 NBA draft.

While the Tarheels struggled, going 14-19 and finishing in last place in the ACC this year, the six-foot-three, 190-pound Anthony posted solid numbers, averaging 18.5 points, almost six rebounds and four assists per contest in 22 games.

Anthony did, however, suffer a torn meniscus in his right knee in the North Carolina’s November loss to Wofford, thusly missing 11 games. Perhaps that limited his offensive production to some degree?

Nevertheless, Anthony, a New York City native who starred at Archbishop Molloy High School in Queens and at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, has the ability to take over games and shine on the NBA hardwood.

Many NBA draft experts believe the son of former NBA veteran Greg Anthony could be a possible lottery pick based on his professional projectability and the way he handles the rock at the guard position.

In a nutshell, at just 19, Anthony, as long as he stays healthy and keeps his head on his shoulders, therorically should just improve.

In fact, many high school and college hoops insiders have touted him as a possible future NBA All-Star.

The 2020 NBA draft is currently scheduled for June 25th, but that remains up in the air due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

— Jerry Del Priore

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