2019 Geico High School Basketball Nationals (copy)

Oak Hill's Cole Anthony #3 in action against Wasatch Academy in a Boys Quarterfinal game at the Geico High School Basketball Nationals in the Queens borough of New York on Thursday, April 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

Roy Williams loves a scoring point guard and the North Carolina basketball coach might have one of the best in the nation next season.

Cole Anthony, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound combo guard announced his commitment to the Tar Heels live on ESPN Tuesday morning, choosing UNC over Georgetown, Notre Dame and Oregon.

Ranked third overall in the Class of 2019 by 247 Sports, Anthony is the top-ranked guard in the nation and made a name for himself as a dynamic scorer in high school and on the Nike EYBL circuit, where he averaged 26.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists.

Anthony’s game is built on his elite athleticism and speed, beating opponents off the dribble with relentless drives to the basket where he’s a capable finisher in traffic. A competitor on both ends of the floor, Anthony also projects as a solid defender at the college level.

A son of former UNLV and NBA guard Greg Anthony, the younger Anthony has collected three MVP awards in this month’s high school all-star games, kicking off the month with 14 points, seven assists and five rebounds in the McDonald’s All-American Game before scoring 25 points each in the Jordan Brand Classic and Nike Hoop Summit.

With Carolina losing its top five scorers from last season, including guard Coby White, Anthony figures to have every opportunity to receive major minutes and offensive opportunities for the Tar Heels.

He joins big man Armando Bacot (No. 19, 247 Sports) and point guard Jeremiah Francis (No. 167) in Carolina’s 2019 class.

Guard Anthony Harris (No. 64) committed later Tuesday after reopening his recruitment following the coaching change at Virginia Tech, and the Tar Heels are still in the running for forward Precious Achiuwa (No. 6).

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