BEAVERTON — The Nike Hoop Summit brought Cole Anthony back to his original hometown.
Anthony was born in Portland on May 15, 2000 when his father, Greg, was in the second of three seasons playing for the Portland Trail Blazers. Cole Anthony returned this week to score 25 points for Team USA when it defeated the World team 93-87 in the international event at Moda Center on Friday night.
“I guess you could say it’s nice to be home,” Anthony said following a practice at Nike’s world headquarters Thursday as his dad stood nearby.
Anthony could be back to his old home state if he decides to play at Oregon next season. The top unsigned player in the Class of 2019 has cut his list down to the Ducks, North Carolina, Georgetown and Notre Dame as the spring signing period looms, beginning Wednesday.
“Right now we are just talking to coaches, trying to make a decision, hopefully soon,” Anthony said.
Anthony would give Oregon a five-star recruit for the third year in row if he follows Troy Brown, Bol Bol and Louis King to Eugene.
“Oregon is the school that recruited me the longest and the hardest since the start of my sophomore year in high school,” he said. “I love the school.”
Anthony, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound point guard, played his first three years of high school at Archbishop Molloy in Queens, N.Y. He transferred to Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va. last season and averaged 19.0 points, 10.5 assists, 10.1 rebounds, 3.4 steals and 1.8 blocked shots while leading the Warriors to a 33-5 record after reaching the semifinals of the Geico national championship tournament.
“Oak Hill helped me progress with my leadership skills,” he said. “They put me in a position to make it to Geico with my team. Unfortunately, we fell short, but that was still a great experience.”
Anthony was named most valuable player of the McDonald’s All-American Game last month after leading the East to a 115-100 win with 14 points, seven assists and five rebounds.
“That was big, I was really happy with that,” Anthony said. “I’m more happy we got the win because everybody played so well that they could have given the award to a couple players on my team.”
Isaiah Stewart, a 6-foot-9 forward who has committed to play at Washington, had 16 points on 8-of-11 shooting for the East team.
“Cole is an all-around point guard,” Stewart said. “He can pass and shoot, whatever you need him to do. He’s a great guy to play with, one of the top players in the country.”
Anthony would give Oregon options in the backcourt if he signs with the Ducks. He could team with Payton Pritchard to give the Ducks a couple of point guards with 3-point range.
Point guard Will Richardson, who like Anthony played his senior season of high school at Oak Hill, returns at point guard while Victor Bailey is also slated to be back at guard. Oregon has signed junior-college prospect Chris Duarte, a combo guard from Northwest Florida State who on Thursday was named the national junior college player of the year.
“I’d be an immediate impact player who can come in with the ball in my hand and distribute to try and make my teammates better,” Anthony said.