Oregon’s top two targets in the late recruiting period are off to Tobacco Road.
Five-star point guard Cole Anthony announced on Tuesday morning that he would sign with North Carolina, one day after four-star guard Cassius Stanley picked Duke. The Ducks were among the final four schools for both prospects who played games in the Portland area during the past few months.
Anthony, the son of former NBA star Greg Anthony, scored 25 points to lead Team USA to a 93-87 win over the World team during the Nike Hoop Summit on April 12 at Moda Center. The 6-foot-3 Anthony, who played at Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va. as a senior, is a consensus top-five recruit in the class of 2019 who may be a lottery pick in next year’s NBA Draft.
“Oregon is the school that recruited me the longest and the hardest since the start of my sophomore year in high school,” he told The Register-Guard after practice the day before the Hoop Summit. “I love the school.”
Instead, Anthony announced on the ESPN show “Get Up” that he would be joining the Tar Heels. Notre Dame and Georgetown were his other finalists along with the Ducks.
Anthony will face off in rivalry games against Stanley, who led Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth, Calif. to the championship of the Les Schwab Invitational in Hillsboro on Dec. 29. The 6-5 shooting guard is ranked among the top 30 prospects in the country by multiple recruiting sites.
Oregon coach Dana Altman watched Stanley at the LSI when the Ducks were among his three finalists along with Kansas and UCLA. Duke began recruiting Stanley in February and brought him in for an official visit earlier this month before he signed on to give the Blue Devils the nation’s top recruiting class.
Oregon has signed three players in next year’s recruiting class including 6-8 prep forwards Chandler Lawson and C.J. Walker of Memphis, Tenn. and Sanford, Fla., respectively. The Ducks will also add junior-college guard Chris Duarte from Northwest Florida State.
With Bol Bol and Louis King off to the NBA Draft and Victor Bailey in the transfer portal, Oregon is currently slated to return five players from last season including Payton Pritchard and Kenny Wooten, who have both declared for the draft with the possibility to return. Francis Okoro, Will Richardson, and Miles Norris are also in line to be back next season.
The Ducks received a verbal commitment on Saturday from Eric Williams, a 6-foot-6, 205-pound guard who transferred from Duquesne after averaging 14.1 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in two seasons with the Dukes while starting 59 of 64 games. He will have to sit out next season due to NCAA rules with two years of eligibility remaining.
Oregon currently has four scholarships open for next season.