The case for Cole Anthony playing another season at UNC is stronger than you think.
Make no mistake: the former high school phenom has plenty of reasons not to come back. The minute Anthony declares for the NBA Draft, he makes himself eligible to make inane sums of money and, you know, not have to play basketball for free while worrying about class. He'll likely be handed the keys to his own professional team immediately. He'll get to compete against the best basketball players in the world and focus completely on his game.
Anthony's no stranger to the NBA, either (see: videos of him scrimmaging with Carmelo Anthony and others in the offseason). And yet, there are a few separating factors that make his return for a sophomore year at least plausible, if not likely.
First — and this might be news to you — Cole is the son of former NBA veteran Greg Anthony. That part I mentioned about the money? It might not matter to him nearly as much. One figures that he's not hurting for cash. And if we're to believe the older Anthony, Cole's mind is far from made up.
“Absolutely, there’s been no decision as to what’s going to happen,” he said. “That’s never been the approach for us, I know it’s not for him. His job is to get better and to grow. He is still a kid. He is trying to learn and figure it out and become a man."
Greg's comments came after UNC's tilt with Virginia on Feb. 15, which saw the Tar Heels drop a fifth straight game after Tomas Woldetensae's game-winning 3-pointer with 0.8 seconds left. It was another setback in a season full of them for North Carolina, one that Anthony, Roy Williams or your hot-take roommate couldn't have predicted.