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Cole Anthony Speaks to Damian Lillard and Kemba Walker Ahead of Draft

Ahead of the draft on November 18, NBA Call-Ups were able to speak to a number of top prospects. With one of those prospects being Cole Anthony.

Despite an underwhelming freshman campaign at the collegiate level, with North Carolina, Anthony is still a highly sought-after point guard.

The 20-year-old had a relatively strong season with the Tar Heels. But poor shooting was one of the factors that has led to his draft stock falling.

Through 22 games in the 2019-20 season, he averaged 18.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4 assists, and 1.3 steals per contest. This was on 38% shooting from the field, 34.8% from 3.

Additionally, Anthony had to battle injury. Missing part of the season with a partially torn meniscus.

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When speaking to NBA Call-Ups, Cole Anthony revealed some NBA names that he has spoken to on his journey to the professional ranks.

Q: On your journey to the NBA over the past few years, have you been in contact with any NBA players that have assisted in the development of your game? If so, what advice did you receive from them that helped?

Cole Anthony: “Honestly, not really. I’m certainly very cool with some guys. Mo Bamba is one of my best friends. I’m cool with a bunch of players but in terms of my development, probably not.”

“I’ve talked with Kemba (Walker), Dame Lillard a little bit asking questions about the game. But in terms of helping, nothing really hands on.”

Kemba Walker and Damian Lillard are certainly two excellent sources of wisdom for the young guard. Even though he states that he hasn’t worked out with either, one would think that he was able to gain valuable insight just in the form of a conversation.

Cole Anthony could very well sneak into the lottery selections of the 2020 NBA Draft. However, NBADraft.net projects him to be selected at #15.


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