Cole Anthony moved from his hometown school, Archbishop Molloy in Queens, New York, to Oak Hill in Virginia because he wanted to stand out among the best high school players in the country and some of the best in recent(ish) history, including Brandon Jennings, Kevin Durant, Rajon Rondo, and Jerry Stackhouse. He was already extremely highly regarded prior to his senior season; Rivals ranked him as high as second overall in the 2019 class between his junior and senior years. So the move wasn’t about exposure in a recruiting sense - as Greg Anthony’s son, Cole was going to have that regardless. As we’ve seen with his recruiting process, though, it’s clear that he values having opportunities to make his mark at the highest levels of whatever stage of the game he’s playing at, whether that be attending one of the most prominent high school programs in the country or joining one of the best college point guard traditions in the NCAA. He challenges himself to be the best among the best.
The move certainly helped put him in rare company entering his first year as a college player. Anthony was named one of SLAM Magazine’s boy’s high school All-Americans on Tuesday, alongside fellow Class of 2019 James Wiseman, Vernon Carey, Anthony Edwards, and Jaden McDaniels. Last year’s class shows you the kind of company they’re keeping: it consisted of R.J. Barrett, Zion Williamson, Cam Reddish, Bol Bol, and Darius Garland (Bol, like Anthony, transferred to a nationally recognized program for his senior year, in his case Findlay Prep. Funny how these things work out sometimes).
Anthony very likely would’ve been part of this class regardless of where he played because he’s just that good, but check out the blurb for how he got there:
A New York City native, Anthony transferred to legendary national prep powerhouse Oak Hill for his senior year...Anthony became the first player in school history to average a triple-double (19.0 points, 10.5 assists, and 10.1 rebounds) in the regular season.
With the above company in mind, particularly elite point guards like Jennings and Rondo, that’s big-time, and that’s exactly the kind of impression that it seems like Anthony is aiming to make everywhere he goes. He’ll come to North Carolina trying to make the same kind of mark among elite college point guard company. Personally, I can’t wait to see him go at it.