Cole Anthony Could Be the Best Point Guard in the Roy Williams-Era
The University of North Carolina Tar Heels during the Roy Williams-era have had a set of elite point guards that have ranged from Ty Lawson to the recently drafted Coby White, but their most recent prospect could end up being the best of the bunch.
During the spring, Cole Anthony signed his national letter of intent to play for the Tar Heels. Anthony later went on ESPN’s morning variety show “Get Up” and did the usual “I can’t wait to play here and leave my mark” speech that most recruits give when they first sign with a school.
Anthony is expected to be one of the best prospects by almost every website out there, from ESPN to 247 Sports, but I’m willing to go even further than that.
I think the point guard will be the best one that Williams will have ever coached during his tenure with the Tar Heels.
That’s a pretty steep prediction for basically a kid that has yet to step foot on the court in college, but from what people have been seeing from UNC’s early workouts, Anthony has been impressing the Tar Heels coaching staff.
Anthony also has the fortune of being the Son of a 12-year NBA player, Greg Anthony. 247 Sports had quite the scouting report setting up the expectation of Anthony’s potential greatness and mentioned how his game reminds them of his father’s ability on the floor.
"Anthony, who was a McDonald’s All-American and ranked as a top-five recruit nationally in the 247Sports Composite, arrived in Chapel Hill with a multitude of strengths and few weaknesses. The 6-foot-3 guard is above all else a playmaker, whether it be in his ability to score or distribute the basketball. He also possesses a toughness and competitive drive that’s reminiscent of the playing style of his father, former UNLV standout and 12-year NBA veteran Greg Anthony."
Anthony also has the benefit of being the focal point of the offense and immediately become the floor general for the Tar Heels. UNC lost a lot of production this season in the NBA Draft and Free Agency, including White, Cameron Johnson, Nasir Little, and Luke Maye.
Barring any mishaps, the season will shape up to be a great one for Anthony due to the lack of scoring remaining from last season, and it could set him up to be the top overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.