OKC Thunder: The strange NBA Draft stock of Cole Anthony

Cole Anthony #2 of the North Carolina Tar Heels (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
Cole Anthony #2 of the North Carolina Tar Heels (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /
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OKC Thunder 2020 Draft Prospect
OKC Thunder 2020 Draft Prospect: (L-R) Armando Bacot #5, Leaky Black #1, Cole Anthony #2, and Jeremiah Francis #13 of the North Carolina Tar Heels look on from the bench. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) /

Entering college at a blood blue school like North Carolina, Cole Anthony was expected to have a massive run throughout his college season, and continue on the tradition of one of the sport’s lifeblood.

Yeah, that is exactly what did not happen. The Tar Heels just finished up one of their worst seasons in school history, some historians would actually call it the worst season and were clinging to hopes of a CBI invite before the cancelations began. (The CBI is the third tier postseason tournament, behind the NCAA Tournament and the NIT).

Cole Anthony played in 22 games this season and was able to average 18.5 points, 5.2 rebounds, and four assists. With no real talent around him, which again is strange to say for a University like North Carolina, Anthony struggled this season. Especially when you look at his nearly four turnovers per game, and 38 percent shooting from the field.

Before finishing 14-19, the Tar Heels spent time inside the top 5 of the AP poll this season. Nothing ever materialized for the boys in blue, losing on Day two of the ACC Tournament while in most year’s the Heels do not even play on the second night of the ACC Tournament.

Outside of his impressive debut, Cole Anthony never looked like a top pick in this year’s draft. While the potential is still there, the tape just is not. Playing in one of the talent-rich conferences, Anthony could only muster up a 20 point performance against three quality opponents. As the Heels were blown out in the ACC Tournament prior to the cancelation  Cole Anthony was a no show putting up just five points, four rebounds, and three assists during his 37 minutes of game action.