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Cole Anthony breaks down his final five schools and talks about his timetable for his decision

By Pat Lawless, 03/26/19, 2:30AM EDT


Cole Anthony talks to Prep Circuit about his decision

ATLANTA, GA -- Five-Star point guard Cole Anthony was one of the obvious selections to this year’s McDonald’s All-American Game. The Oak Hill Academy (V.A.) standout liked how he performed on day two as he is getting comfortable as the festivities have gone on.

“It’s been awesome getting to see where everyone is at and comparing and contrasting myself to the rest of my team,” Anthony said. “I thought the second day I got my legs back a little bit and performed a bit better today. I’ll take another step tomorrow and just cap it all off at the All-American Game.”

There were 90+ NBA scouts on hand at yesterday’s practice, but Anthony makes sure to stay consistent with his approach no matter who is watching.

“There are people that come in here and try and change their game based on who is coming to see them play, but I don’t do that,” he said. “I’m going to play the same game and make the right passes. I’m here doing what I’m doing and by doing that I’m hoping they’ll be impressed.”

When it comes to his college decision, he is considering five schools in Georgetown, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Oregon and Wake Forest. North Carolina and Oregon still remain in the NCAA tournament. He mentioned that he looks to make a decision possibly in early April so he will be keeping a close eye on these two programs as they continue their postseason runs in the Sweet 16.

“Just fine-tuning, I obviously want to see how Oregon and North Carolina do in the tournament,” said Anthony. “I want to see how they will react to different situations and see how far they can go. I’m just honestly still a fan of college basketball at this point and want to keep watching.”

Oregon really turned the corner toward the end of the season, which has caught Anthony’s eye.

 “They have a bunch of athletes on that team and Louis King who can really shoot so I’m really big on them,” he said. “They won their last nine games without Bol Bol so that tells a lot about the coach and the kids. They aren’t going to give up.”

He sees himself fitting in at North Carolina into a role similar to a current Tar Heel standout.

“I can see myself having a role similar to Coby White, but also different in a big way,” Anthony said. “It would be awesome to play with someone like that, but if I were to go to North Carolina I doubt he’d be there.”

Anthony and his family are very close to Georgetown Head Coach Patrick Ewing, which is a big reason why he is considering the Hoyas.

“I actually got to see their last game and it was unfortunate how they went out, but I’m still really big on them,” he said. “I love Coach Patrick Ewing, he’s a great dude and he has known my family for years and years. I’m really big on them too.”

Wake Forest had another tough season, but that doesn’t change much for Anthony on how he looks at their program. Head Coach Danny Manning built a close relationship with Cole during their time with USA Basketball.

“Coach Danny Manning was one of my coaches on Team USA this past summer so me and him built a personal relationship and I really do like him as a human being,” Anthony said. “He’s a really good guy, really cares about his players and he’s a pretty good coach too.”

Last, but certainly, not least Notre Dame still remains a viable option for him. He is impressed with Mike Brey’s ability to develop talent.

“Coach Mike Brey, he’s a really good coach and he’s always won a lot with a little,” he said. “They haven’t really gotten kids that were that highly ranked coming out of high school, but he turns them into NBA prospects. They’ve always won and they have a winning tradition so I’m really big on them.”

Anthony is one of the last premier prospects still on the board as he and his family are making sure they only make one college decision.

“From the time I got into high school, I probably knew I was going to be one of the later guys in my class to commit because we want to be so sure of our decision,” he said. “I’ve seen dudes decommit and we don’t want to be one of those guys. When we make our decision, want to be all in and make the right decision.”

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