The coronavirus pandemic has postponed or canceled many sporting events of late. Now, it has delayed Cole Anthony’s NBA Draft decision.
Anthony is expected to turn pro after one season at North Carolina, but he’s not revealing his move yet. On Instagram today, Anthony wrote that he felt it would be inappropriate to announce his draft intentions given the current situation in America and globally.
“A lot of people have been asking me if I am going to declare for the NBA Draft,” Anthony wrote. “Anyone who knows me understands that playing in the NBA has been a lifelong dream of mine, but given the pain that America and the world are experiencing at this time, I am going to refrain from making any announcements around that topic.”
The star point guard also said he and his family know many people who have been affected by COVID-19, including one person who has died. The New York City area, which is where Anthony is from, has been hit particularly hard by the virus.
“My biggest concern right now is trying to figure out how I can help during this crisis,” Anthony said. “We are all in this together! Stay safe.”
A five-star recruit and the top incoming freshman point guard in the country, Anthony’s debut season in Chapel Hill was hampered by injury. He missed a considerable amount of time and the storied program suffered through its worst season in nearly 20 years.
However, when he was on the court, Anthony averaged 18.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. His shooting percentages weren’t great, but he still projects as a lottery pick should he enter this year’s draft as expected.