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Cole Anthony Sparkles at PSA Prep School Showcase
by Eric Hampford, Future150 (12:48 PM CT, Mon December 4, 2017)
2019 PG Cole Anthony already has NBA people buzzing.
2019 PG Cole Anthony already has NBA people buzzing.
Eric Hampford
Eric Hampford:

Future150 GM / Senior National Analyst. Covering high and middle school basketball.

Pottstown, PA (Future150) -- The 2017 PSA Cardinals Prep School Showcase, now in its second year, brought in another field of talented prospects at the high school level, including multiple future NBA prospects as well. The event didn't disappoint, as Archbishop Molloy (NY) & Our Saviour Lutheran (NY) both represented New York City well.

Perhaps the best overall prospect in the entire event, Archbishop Molloy point guard Cole Anthony had himself an excellent showing against Philadelphia Catholic League power Neumann-Goretti. With an unofficial 21 points and five assists, the 6'3" explosive athlete was making all the right reads on Sunday. His mid-range jumper was in full-effect, and he stayed active on defense. Arguably the #1 point guard prospect in America for his class, his ceiling reaches the NBA level. That much we know at this point.

His teammate, 7'1" big man Moses Brown, also had himself a nice showing. The senior post is one of the most unique prospects nationally, thanks to his mobility, great hands and ability to shoot the basketball. He navigates in traffic very well for a prospect of his size, and is an elite shot-blocker who alters many more shots than he gets his hands on. Maryland & UCLA are the two schools who are considered the favorites to potentially land the big man, who also flashes NBA potential. 

Vermont Academy (VT) had a convincing victory over The Hun School (NJ) Sunday afternoon, and the main reason why was because of Vanderbilt signee and top 10 senior prospect Simi Shittu. Finishing the day with 29 points and 16 rebounds, he ran away with MVP honors for his team. A physical specimen who is highly skilled around the rim, he's an underrated playmaker and ball-handler at nearly 6'10". An immediate impact freshman in the SEC next year, the Commodores are getting a star from day one. 

Our Saviour Lutheran (NY) cruised to a 66-56 win over Westtown (PA) in the final game of the showcase, and nationally ranked 2020 point guard Posh Alexander was the main reason why. The 5'11" floor general is one of the most electric guards in the country. Not only does he have excellent court vision and a flair for making the breathtaking pass, his game has significant polish as well. He's a standout shooter with pretty form on his release, and he has no issues playing physical defense. New York City's next star point guard is off to a nice start in his sophomore season.

3 Prospects Who Also Caught Our Eye:

Noah Collier, 2020 F, Westtown School (PA): The nearly 6'8" forward is still growing into his body, and his game is very much a work in progress. However, his high motor, explosiveness and length are all great signs for the nationally ranked sophomore. His best basketball days are well ahead of him, and he tracks as a top 35 prospect in the country at this point.

Chris Ings, 2019 PG, Neumann-Goretti (PA): While the Saints will certainly be taking a step back this season after losing McDonald's All-American point guard Quade Green, the 6'2" Ings should have a breakout season. An explosive athlete with a knack for scoring the basketball, he's a tough customer who's going to have some big scoring performances this high school season. 

Muon Reath, 2021 SG/SF, Top Flight Academy (CAN): Touted as the current #1 prospect in the freshman class in Canada by North Pole Hoops, it's easy to like the 6'7" wing prospect. He has a smooth release on his stroke and has some natural feel to his game. While he clearly needs to add muscle to his frame and learn to embrace contact, there's no doubt that the upside factor is huge for the scoring wing. 

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