Just when we think Cole Anthony couldn't look any better, he proves us very, very wrong.
Last week saw Anthony enter his first Peach Jam as the 'main' guy for PSA, and he clearly took notes from his experience in 2016. The 6-foot-1 floor general dazzled in all five pool play games, coming up just short of helping PSA advance to bracket play for the third time in four years.
Anthony was uber-aggressive driving the lane for head coach Munch Williams, attempting a league-high 64 free throws. He converted at an 89.1 percent clip, while shooting a blistering 58.5 percent from the field.
Perhaps more impressive than his shooting was his facilitating skills. Anthony sliced and diced his way through the lane at ease, collecting 28 assists in five games. He sported nearly a 3-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio while constantly putting his teammates in good positions. Also impressive, the EYBL Defensive Player of the Year tallied 11 steals, good for 2.2 per game.
Anthony's biggest game game in the opener, a hard-fought loss to pool winner Bradley Beal Elite. While PSA didn't notch a win, Anthony managed to put up 34 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals against one of the best defensive backcourts in the country.
Plan on Anthony entering next season on the short list for 2018 EYBL Most Valuable Player.