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UK Basketball Recruiting: Cole Anthony drawing interest from Wildcats

Regarded by some as the best player in 2019, Cole Anthony now has UK’s attention.

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The Kentucky Wildcats appear to be jumping into the mix for Cole Anthony.

According to Adam Zagoria, UK coaches are expected to watch Anthony this weekend with the PSA Cardinals at the Nike EYBL in Indianapolis.

While UK has been focusing on other guards in the Class of 2019, Anthony is quickly establishing himself as one of the top overall players. The 6-3 point guard from New York was a stud last weekend during the first EYBL session in Dallas, averaging 27.8 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game.

Jerry Meyer of 247 Sports thinks Anthony is the best player in 2019, as does Jason Jordan of USA Today Sports. He already holds offers from the Duke Blue Devils, Kansas Jayhawks, UCLA Bruins and Oregon Ducks among others.

To his credit, Anthony is confident he’s the best in 2019, and he’s going to make sure everyone knows it.

“I think that I’m going to prove that I’m the No. 1 player in the country,” Anthony told 247 Sports last weekend. “I think that I’m easily the most productive player in the country, without a doubt.

“This summer, I’m absolutely going to prove that I’m the No. 1 player in the country.”

While that may be true, there’s a reason has been slow to show significant interest in Anthony. They’ve been focusing harder on Ashton Hagans, who has already committed and plans to reclassify into 2018. 247 Sports actually has Hagans ranked ahead of Anthony.

UK is also expected to land Tyrese Maxey, another 2019 guard that could move into 2018. It’s unclear if he’ll actually do that or stick to 2019, but either way, it’s clear UK is more focused on him for now.

That doesn’t mean they won’t begin recruiting Anthony harder going into the summer. He’s proving to be more than worthy of a UK offer. Maybe John Calipari hasn’t offered yet because he doesn’t want to rock the boat with Hagans and/or maxey.

But as time rolls on, it’s going to be harder for Calipari not to make a push for one of the best 2019 has to offer.

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