UNC Basketball: Cole Anthony sweeps weekly ACC honors

UNC basketball’s Cole Anthony named ACC Player and Freshman of the Week

North Carolina head coach Roy Williams gave freshman point guard Cole Anthony the green light in his first week of college basketball, and it showed in the box scores. It also showed in the season’s first ballot for weekly conference awards, which is determined by a 15-member media panel each Monday throughout the regular season.

Anthony was voted Atlantic Coast Conference Player and Freshman of the Week after his first two games of collegiate hoops. That’s a pretty good start, along with his pair of double-doubles and 27-point-per-game average through 80 minutes of play. He also averaged 10.5 rebounds and four assists per game while committing just three fouls and six turnovers, despite his extremely high usage rate.

And regardless of his poor shooting night against UNC-Wilmington on Friday, Anthony is still shooting nearly 40 percent from the floor, and hasn’t scored less than 20 points in a game. He connected on 45 percent of his 22 three-point attempts, and set a new school scoring record for a freshman in his first collegiate game (34).

His 35.5 minutes per game are just a fraction fewer than junior forward Garrison Brooks’ 36, and it’s clear that Anthony is going to be the heartbeat of this team’s offense. So much so, that there will likely be games that the Tar Heels live and die on the success of the young star from Oak Hill Academy.

One thing is certain, though; North Carolina games are going to be a hot ticket this season for both the fans, and the NBA scouts.

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