The University of Virginia men’s basketball program has announced the signing of Marco Anthony, a 6’6”, 222-pound guard out of Holmes High School in San Antonio, Texas.
“Marco is a strong, physical and versatile guard who looks forward to attending the University of Virginia and competing in the ACC,” Cavalier head coach Tony Bennett said in UVA’s press release, which you can read by clicking here. “Marco and his family value education and the degree he will earn from UVA.”
Coach Bennett offered Anthony a scholarship on July 18 of this year. The consensus 3-star prospect (Scout, 247Sports, Rivals, and ESPN) subsequently announced his commitment to the Cavaliers one day later. He had only toured Virginia once prior to his commitment, walking around UVA’s grounds while at a Scouts Focus camp in the summer of 2015. Anthony returned to Charlottesville late last month for an official visit.
“When I got there it just blew me away,” UVA men’s basketball’s lone 2017 Class commitment said in this EDGE report. “I knew the campus beautiful, but I was in awe the whole time I was there.”
A physical specimen at 6’6”, 222 pounds, Anthony averaged 20 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game as Holmes’ starting point guard his junior season. He then impressed on the highly competitive Nike EYBL circuit this past spring and summer. After a slow start in which he scored only 13 points in Pro Skills’ (TX) first five regular season EYBL games, Anthony averaged 15.4 points per game the next 10 regular season outings. He made 57-of-115 field goals (49.6-percent) including 15-of-32 (46.9-percent) from beyond the arc during the 10-game stretch.
Pro Skills played five games at Peach Jam — Nike EYBL’s championship — and the future Hoo scored in double digits in all five contests while averaging 13.2 points per game.
As the scholarship situation currently stands, Virginia has no more spots available in the class of 2017. The 2017/2018 season projection is as follows …
– Point Guards: Darius Thompson (SR), Ty Jerome (RS FR or SOPH)
– Wings: Devon Hall (SR), Marial Shayok (SR), Kyle Guy (RS FR or SOPH), De’Andre Hunter (RS FR or SOPH), Marco Anthony (FR)
– Posts: Austin Nichols (SR), Isaiah Wilkins (SR), Jarred Reuter (JR), Jack Salt (JR), Mamadi Diakite (SOPH), Jay Huff (RS FR or SOPH)
(Note: The highlights of Anthony below are courtesy of TexasHoops Television.)