With just one scholarship to give in 2017, Tony Bennett and the Wahoos found their guy in small forward Marco Anthony.
Anthony, listed as a three-star by Rivals, hails from San Antonio, Texas. At 6-6, 220 pounds, Marco has already earned some comparisons to the venerable Malcolm Brogdon for his ability to not only handle the ball, but for his shooting and defending abilities as well. Anthony’s versatility will serve Virginia well. He is able to play in the one, two, or three spot, and can defend those positions.
Anthony, who was pursued by the likes of Iowa State, UTEP, Mercer, and Sam Houston State, flew under the radar for the majority of the recruiting process. Tony Bennett has had success with the “under the radar” guys, however. Rivals also rated London Perrantes, whose graduation will free up a scholarship for Anthony, a three-star recruit. Know who else was a three-star? Some dudes named Joe Harris and Akil Mitchell.
Granted, the success over the last few seasons of those three – Harris, Mitchell, and Perrantes – doesn’t mean that we should all be chalking UVA up for all of the wins. It does mean that as Virginia fans, Tony Bennett and his staff have earned some trust when it comes to recruiting.
Over the course of his junior season at Holmes High School, Anthony averaged 20 points, 2.9 assists, 7.4 rebounds, 1.1 blocks, and one steal per game. Over the summer circuit, Anthony played in Nike EYBL and Peach Jam events. In the EYBL, he averaged 11.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game and shot 46.9% from the field (and 46.9% from three). At Peach Jam, he scored 13.2 points, six rebounds, and three assists per game with 43.5% shooting from the field.
When asked by Endless Motor Sports to describe himself, Anthony stated, “I’m versatile, if you put someone smaller on me then I’ll post them up, but if you put someone bigger on me, I can drive by them.”
Sounds good to me.
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