About Cole Anthony
Cole Anthony is an athletic guard with a scorer’s mentality who lost two months of his freshman year to knee surgery. A second-generation pro, Anthony’s father, Greg, was the 12th overall pick in the 1991 NBA Draft and played 11 seasons in the NBA. Widely recognized as one of the top guards in the high school class of 2019 from the time he was an underclassman, he averaged 13.7 points and 4.2 assists per game to help the United States take gold at the 2018 FIBA U18 Americas Championship. Capping his senior season at Oak Hill Academy (VA) with appearances at the McDonald’s All-American Game, Jordan Brand Classic, and Nike Hoop Summit, the dynamic scoring guard was regarded as one of the top-3 players in the country.
Heading to North Carolina to play for Head Coach Roy Williams, the New York native averaged 18.5 points and 4 assists per game carrying the Tar Heels for stretches in route to earning All-ACC 3rd Team honors.
- Standing 6-foot-3 with a developed 190-pound frame and a 6-foot-4.5 wingspan, Anthony has adequate size for a point guard to go along with good leaping ability and quickness.
- An instinctual scorer who is extremely aggressive looking to find ways to make things happen off the dribble, Anthony served as the Tar Heels’ first option. Proving dynamic on the perimeter in spurts, he put considerable pressure on opposing defenses when he ran hot from the perimeter but was more prolific as a playmaker some nights than others.
- Rebounding the ball well for a point guard, Anthony showed some fight and quickness on the defensive end but appeared more comfortable guarding on the ball than off it.
- Showing good anticipation and a degree of tenacity guarding on the ball defensively, Anthony held his own for stretches last season. Making an effort to get over screens and close out hard in spurts, he was more intent to be a pest some plays than others. He allowed 0.67 points per isolation possession [63rd percentile] typically holding his own as an on-ball defender.
- Hunting rebounds to create opportunities to push the ball, he makes a bigger impact on the glass than most guards and is not afraid of contact.
- 2019-20 All-ACC Third Team and All-Freshman Team selection.
- Averaged a team-high 18.5 points in 2019-20, the second-highest scoring average for a North Carolina freshman behind Tyler Hansbrough’s 18.9 ppg in 2005-06.
- Won gold with USA Basketball at the 2018 FIBA U-18 Americas Championship.
- Missed 11 games after having surgery to repair a partially torn meniscus in his right knee.
- Set ACC freshman and UNC all-time debut scoring records with 34 points vs. Notre Dame (Nov. 6).
- Became the first UNC freshman to post consecutive 20-point/10-rebound efforts, doing it in his first two NCAA games.
- Led the Tar Heels with 24 points and a game-high 11 rebounds in an overtime loss to Duke (Feb. 8).
- Averaged a near triple-double of 18.0 points, 9.8 rebounds and 9.5 assists as a senior at Oak Hill Academy.
- Named MVP of both the 2019 McDonald’s All-American and Jordan Brand Classic games.
- Aggressive and confident scoring guard.
- Tough to contain in the open floor.
- Knows how to create space with his dribble.
- Competitive and hard-nosed defender.
- Father, Greg, was an 11-year NBA veteran. Greg won the 1990 NCAA championship with UNLV and holds program career records for assists and steals.
- Mother, Crystal McCrary McGuire, is an author and filmmaker.
“He’s the best point guard that I have ever been around. Plain and simple. Period. The end. … Not just in terms of performance or preparation, just the whole total package. His focus, his attention to detail, his personality in the locker room – he is a leader on and off the floor.”
-North Carolina assistant coach and former NBA player Hubert Davis