Report: Knicks have been eyeing Cole Anthony ahead of 2020 NBA draft

The New York Knicks have been a bottom-tier team the past few years, missing the playoffs for the past six seasons.

The Knicks need promising, young talent, and despite this year’s class lacking a potential future superstar, New York has had its eye on a homegrown player in Cole Anthony. According to Ian Begley of SNY, New York has scouted Anthony “extensively” and an NCAA source said the Knicks “have done their homework on Cole.”

Anthony was a freshman at UNC last season, and he played his first three years of high school ball at Archbishop Molloy in Queens, New York.

The son of former NBA player Greg Anthony, Cole Anthony played his senior season at Oak Hill Academy. Anthony suffered a partially torn meniscus in his right knee last December, and he played in 22 games as a freshman. He averaged 18.5 points per game on 38.0% shooting, along with 34.8% from the 3-point line.

Anthony can score, but his shooting percentages are concerning. But in looking at the numbers closer, there’s perhaps a reason for Anthony’s inefficiency.

He led the Tar Heels in field goals per game (15.7), per Sports Reference. Garrison Brooks was the only other player averaging double figures in field goal attempts, and he and Brandon Robinson were the only other two players scoring double figures in points.

North Carolina wasn’t its usual, blue-blood self this season. The Tar Heels went 14-19, recording a sub. 500 record for the first time since the 2001-02 season. 

If the Knicks take Anthony, they will need to work with him on his shooting. Perimeter shooting is a pressing need for New York, as the franchise is ranked 27th in 3-point percentage this season (33.7%).

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