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North Carolina is likely involved with 5-star combo guard Cole Anthony, but the process will not move quickly.

North Carolina recruiting: Cole Anthony keeps process slow, quiet

Cody Pace

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No plans for Cole Anthony to pick things up

The two players who have arguably done the most for their recruiting stock over the last two months are 5-star small forward Keion Brooks and 5-star combo guard Cole Anthony.

We know that North Carolina is in on Brooks (Fort Wayne, Ind., North Side)— after his showing during the spring evaluation periods, the Tar Heels extended an offer.

North Carolina is probably in on Anthony (New York Archbishop Molloy), too. Probably is about as good as anyone can do with Anthony, the No. 1 combo guard and No. 4 overall player in the Class of 2019, because his family has kept things so quiet. Roy Williams watched Anthony in the spring, but he isn’t listed as having an offer from the Tar Heels. But just because he doesn’t publicly have a North Carolina offer doesn’t mean he doesn’t have one. Offers — and pretty much every other aspect of the recruiting process — are off-limits when the family speaks publicly.

Duke, Kansas, Georgetown, Louisville, Kentucky and Villanova have been involved, but to what extent is hazy. In reality, the family hasn’t spent a lot of time thinking about the recruiting process yet, as his father Greg Anthony, an 11-year NBA veteran, told Rivals’ Clint Jackson.

“We really haven’t focused at all on recruiting,” his father told Jackson.

The logic behind the decision makes sense. As fluid as the recruiting process can be, it’s not easy to get a good idea of how things will shake out this far in advance. To try to have as much information as possible when he makes a decision, Anthony is going to wait as long as he can, so coaches and fans alike shouldn’t expect a quick resolution with him.

“We’re probably going to make a decision next spring, which gives us an opportunity to start focusing on schools, and systems and coaches and personnel and all of that stuff for the upcoming season,” his father told Rivals.

Tar Heels offer top Class of 2020 OT

North Carolina is swinging for the fences with its early targets in the Class of 2020. That trend continued with an offer to 4-star Cincinnati (St. Xavier) tackle Paris Johnson Jr. on Saturday.

Johnson is ranked as the top offensive tackle in the junior class and the No. 7 overall prospect by 247Sports.

His list of offers reflects that status. Johnson possesses more than 40 offers, including Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Auburn, Florida and Georgia.

It seems unlikely North Carolina will crack his inner circle at this point, given how far into the process he is. Johnson has already lined up a long list of summer visits starting on June 2 with Alabama. He’ll also visit Auburn, Georgia, Clemson, USC, UCLA, Stanford and Cal all by the end of June.

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