Cole Anthony Rumors

Lottery pick candidate Cole Anthony delaying draft decision

After finishing his first season as a Tar Heel, Cole Anthony is understandably being asked about his future. In a personal statement, Anthony took to Instagram to give fans an answer. “A lot of people have been asking me if I am going to declare for the NBA Draft. Anyone who knows me understands that playing in the NBA has been a lifelong dream of mine, but given the pain that America and the world are experiencing at this time, I am going to refrain from making any announcements around that topic.”
Cole Anthony: “Lliving in New York City, the Coronavirus hits hard. My family and I know many people directly affected by the Coronavirus-many hospitalized. A few in critical condition and one who has died. New York City is experiencing the highest number of Coronavirus cases in the United States. So my biggest concern right now is trying to figure out how I can help during this crisis. We are all in this together! Stay safe.”
The top five projected picks per ESPN.com at this point are Memphis freshman big man James Wiseman, who has missed two exhibition games with an ankle sprain, Georgia shooting guard Anthony Edwards, point guard LaMelo Ball, now playing in Australia, North Carolina point guard Cole Anthony and Deni Avdija, a wing from Maccabi Tel Aviv. “This could be a scenario like 1997 with the Spurs when David Robinson went down and all of a sudden they had the No. 1 pick with Tim Duncan,” ESPN’s Jay Williams said on air. “I think this is projecting for them to be the favorites going into next season.”
Now nearly 19 years later, Anthony is a proud papa who gets sentimental watching his highly recruited son, Cole, lead the offense at a Team USA practice during the recent Hoop Summit in Portland. “It was my first child, so it was emotional,” Greg Anthony told The Undefeated. “We played on a Friday night and I flew home Saturday so he could be born. It was just quite an experience. The umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck, so every time they tried to get him out, his heart rate would drop. So for a while they thought we had to do a C-section.
Greg Anthony initially thought his son had the potential to be a great baseball player. He also wasn’t pressuring his son to play basketball. But in the fifth grade, Cole told his father he had a different sports passion: basketball. Little did Greg Anthony know that his son viewed him as the biggest inspiration in running to basketball. “I always was in love with basketball, and that was when I fell in love with the sport,” Cole Anthony said. “I really don’t remember what pushed me over the limit, but it probably had something to do with him having played in the NBA. I’ve always had that dream since I was younger.”