Duke Basketball: Top-rated guard Cole Anthony teases teams with tweet

Duke basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Duke basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) /

Duke basketball prospect Cole Anthony informed his Twitter followers on Friday night that he has trimmed his list, but he opted not to include the actual list.

The easiest way to describe five-star recruit Cole Anthony to Duke basketball fans is by likening his game to a former Blue Devil: Austin Rivers.

First, like Rivers, Anthony is the son of a former NBA player — Greg Anthony.  While Anthony is a better leaper than Rivers, he has yet to compile a résumé that includes splashing a game-winning three to stun Tar Heels on their home court. However, the 6-foot-3, 185-pound combo guard from Briarwood, N.Y., has made a habit of nailing clutch shots in high school.

As of late, though, the 18-year-old appears to be a master at keeping fans of programs from across the country on the edge of their seats.

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He tweeted on Friday night that he has figured out which schools remain in the battle for his future services. Yet what he neglected to mention in his tweet is how many schools made his list or when he will actually announce their names. His tweet ended with one simple instruction: “stay tuned.”

Maybe Anthony just isn’t ready to disappoint any of the more than 10 programs that have offered him a scholarship. Or maybe he is just a glutton for attention.

Regardless, he has opened the floodgates for speculation. As of right now, 67 percent of the recruiting experts used by 247 Sports’ Crystal Ball are predicting that Anthony will end up joining the Duke Blue Devils.

That number, however, is down from the 83 percent who picked Duke just a couple of weeks ago. Several experts who were picking Duke recently changed their prediction to “Foggy.” Oregon is the favorite according to 17 percent of the experts. Other schools who are believed to be in the mix are UNC, Louisville, and Kansas.

But nobody will know the actual list until Anthony decides to unveil it. Whether that will be today or in a couple of months, nobody outside of the Anthony household has a clue.

One thing that is for sure, though, is that whatever school ends up landing Anthony will be getting a talented guard with the ability to single-handedly dictate the outcomes of games that are close with a few minutes to play. The third-best prospect and top-rated guard in the 2019 class, according to 247 Sports’ composite ranking, is expected to keep programs waiting until the spring before finally narrowing his list to just one school.

And if he does decide to come to Durham, Tar Heel fans should flashback to Rivers’ famous shot in 2012 and understand that a small lead entering the final few minutes of play will not be safe — even in the Dean Dome — if Anthony is a Dukie.

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