05.14.19 | News
Cole Anthony wins Jordan Brand Classic Co-MVP
Just call him Mr. MVP.
Cole Anthony won co-MVP at the Jordan Brand Classic last month to go along with his MVP trophies from the McDonald’s All American Game and the Nike Hoop Summit. The Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Virginia) point guard dazzled once again at the Jordan Brand Classic, scoring a game-high 25 points in 24 minutes and nearly leading his team to a 30-point comeback. He also contributed six rebounds, six assists and four steals.
Still, the buzz from that performance was short-lived. He managed to upstage himself three days later, when he ended the season-long mystery surrounding his recruitment and committed to North Carolina, picking the Tar Heels over finalists Oregon, Notre Dame and Georgetown.
In Chapel Hill, Anthony will join fellow Culligan City of Palms Classic alum Armando Bacot of IMG Academy (Bradenton), as well as Anthony Harris of Paul VI (Fairfax, Virginia), who missed this year’s City of Palms because of a torn ACL. Harris flipped to North Carolina after originally committing to Virginia Tech.
One possible deciding factor for Anthony might have been the presence of North Carolina assistant coach Hubert Davis, a teammate of Anthony’s father, Greg, for three seasons on the New York Knicks.
There was much less intrigue surrounding the other Jordan Brand Classic MVP. James Wiseman, who played in the 2017 Culligan City of Palms Classic with Memphis East (Tennessee), will soon reunite with Penny Hardaway, who coached that Memphis East team and is now the coach at the University of Memphis.
The 7-foot center’s performance in the Jordan Brand Classic furthered his position as the No. 1 player in ESPN’s list of 2019 recruits. He went 9 of 12 from the floor for 21 points and threw in six rebounds and two blocks.
Anthony is No. 2 on that list, and don’t be surprised if next year, the two City of Palms alums are again going head-to-head, whether it’s in the NCAA Tournament or for the No. 1 overall NBA pick.