CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — When it got here time for the public-address announcer to formally introduce Cole Anthony to the North Carolina crowd in the course of the “Late Night time with Roy” fan occasion Friday, he didn’t disappoint.
That was properly earlier than he even touched a basketball. Anthony, the ballyhooed freshman level guard, performed up the wild cheers, waving his arms within the air for extra noise, strutting down a makeshift catwalk after which taking off his jersey and twirling it over his head.
He isn’t a participant missing in confidence, and it confirmed not solely throughout his public introduction, however all through the two-hour glorified pep rally celebrating North Carolina basketball. He took his place entrance and middle in a danceoff between teammates, together with a fairly respectable moonwalk to “Clean Felony.”
He completed off the talents problem with a windmill dunk, which was met with extra wild cheers.
Then got here the basketball, albeit a small, fleeting glimpse. The Tar Heels had a 20-minute scrimmage to shut out the evening, with Anthony and fellow freshman standout Armando Bacot paired on the identical crew. Anthony hit a pair Three-pointers and had a ravishing help, and it grew to become simple to see why a lot preseason hype has adopted him.
The No. 2 recruit within the nation and son of former NBA participant Greg Anthony is anticipated to come back proper in and meet the excessive expectations that come commonplace for the Tar Heels each season.
Cole Anthony and Roy Williams didn’t communicate to the media after the occasion. However teammates described the boldness and work ethic they see day-after-day within the freshman.
“He is an awesome participant,” guard Brandon Robinson mentioned. “Why would he lack confidence? He is aware of his expertise and he works exhausting, so if you work in your sport you could be like that as a result of he is aware of himself, he is aware of he places within the work and the outcomes present.”
Guard Rechon “Leaky” Black famous Anthony and Bacot are always within the gymnasium.
“I like figuring out with them,” Black mentioned. “They’re very mature for his or her ages. I am within the gymnasium at the very least two occasions a day, however I really feel like each time I am right here, I see them right here rehabbing, taking pictures, simply one thing they’re doing. It has been good to see.”
North Carolina has had just one official observe, so there may be nonetheless a lot work to be carried out, particularly from a chemistry standpoint with 4 starters gone. The Tar Heels additionally signed transfers Christian Keeling and Justin Pierce, who’re additionally working to slot in.
Freshmen Anthony Harris and Jeremiah Francis sat out the scrimmage as a result of the employees is easing them in slowly after highschool knee accidents, however Robinson and Black praised them as properly.
Creating crew chemistry and a agency understanding about what Williams needs and the way he needs it stays a storyline to look at. Significantly as Anthony takes over the purpose guard position. If Friday evening is any indication, he will not shrink back from the problem.
“We have simply received to proceed to get higher and learn to play with one another,” Robinson mentioned. “I am trying ahead to getting higher with the blokes and simply getting that chemistry. Half our crew is new, so it is numerous instructing, numerous slowing down, and I wish to hold going, however we have to be affected person with one another.”