Cole Anthony still isn’t talking about recruiting, but he still is talking about Tyrese Maxey and the possibility of teaming up with him in the future.
Anthony — a 6-foot-3 point guard from New York City — is ranked as the No. 1 point guard nationally in the class of 2019, and some analysts have said he might be the No. 1 overall prospect in the country, regardless of position.
Maxey, who has already committed to Kentucky, is a top-10 recruit and the nation’s No. 2 guard.
The two are friends off the court, and they teamed up last month with the USA Basketball U18 squad, winning a FIBA gold medal and spending three weeks together over the course of that competition and the training camp that preceded it.
“I love Tyrese. I love Tyrese. I’m a huge fan of his game,” Anthony said from Nike’s Peach Jam event Friday morning. “He always has a huge smile on his face. Really just a good kid and a really good basketball player.”
Anthony, who was named the Nike regular season MVP last week after averaging 26.9 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.4 steals for PSA Cardinals. Last summer, he was named the Nike defensive player of the year despite being a class behind many of the circuit’s top players.
He’s one of the most coveted recruits in the country, but he’s still not ready to discuss his recruitment in much detail.
Anthony said Friday that he plans to sit down with his father, former NBA guard Greg Anthony, sometime next month to focus more on his recruitment. He has said repeatedly that he does not plan to make a college decision until the spring. Kentucky is definitely in the mix. So are Duke, Villanova, Kansas and several other top schools.
Maxey has been pitching the Cats to Anthony ever since he committed in May. Anthony is clearly listening — and excited about the possibility — even if Maxey and the UK coaching staff will have to wait a while on his decision.
“That would be awesome, because I really liked playing with Tyrese in the short time that we played together, so that would be awesome.”