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NBA prospect Cole Anthony delaying draft decision due to COVID-19

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Potential 2020 NBA Draft lottery pick Cole Anthony is delaying his draft decision due to COVID-19.

The explosive guard just finished his first season of college ball at UNC. It was cut short because of COVID-19, as the NCAA canceled March Madness.

In a lengthy Instagram post, Anthony says right now his biggest concern is staying safe and figuring out how to use his platform to help others:

“A lot of people have been asking me if I am going to declare for the NBA Draft. Anyone who knows me understands that playing in the NBA has been a lifelong dream of mine, but given the pain that America and the world are experiencing at this time, I am going to refrain from making any announcements around that topic,” Cole Anthony wrote

“Instead I believe the platform I have been blessed to create because of the game I love so much, should be used for a higher purpose in this moment. (That doesn’t mean I will stop being a kid and enjoying social media, Tik Tok, etc.) But living in New York City, the Coronavirus hits hard. My family and I know many people directly affected by the Coronavirus-many hospitalized. A few in critical condition and one who has died. New York City is experiencing the highest number of Coronavirus cases in the United States. So my biggest concern right now is trying to figure out how I can help during this crisis. We are all in this together! Stay safe.”

Anthony averaged 18.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 22 games for UNC this season. He shot 38.0 percent from the field, 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 75.0 percent from the free-throw line.

Anthony is the son of former NBA guard Greg Anthony. Greg played 11 seasons in the league before becoming a TV commentator for NBA TV and Turner Sports.

Most pundits expect the 2020 NBA Draft to be pushed back. League owners are hoping to resume the 2019-20 season in the summer assuming the virus dies down by then.

To recall, the CDC is currently recommending no events of 50 or more people for the next two months.