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Potential lottery PG Cole Anthony says he worked out for Wizards

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The Wizards appear to be strongly considering drafting a guard in the first round, as they held a recent workout with UNC's Cole Anthony, which he revealed on Friday while meeting with the media in a pre-draft press conference.

 
Anthony is at least the second point guard the Wizards have worked out with R.J. Hampton (New Zealand) being the other. They also worked out Memphis big man Precious Achiuwa. The Wizards are permitted to work out 10 total players per league rules amid the coronavirus pandemic.
 
Anthony is projected by most evaluators to go later in the first round, as the Wizards pick ninth overall. But it wasn't long ago he was expected to be a top-10 pick, before an ankle injury hampered his production in college.
 
Anthony said he was only healthy for "five or six games" at UNC and was a "shadow" of himself. He still managed to average 18.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. The red flag would be his efficiency, as he shot just 38 percent from the field and 34.8 percent from three.
 
Anthony is listed at 6-foot-3 and is considered a quick and explosive athlete who can play above the rim. He is the son of former NBA first round pick Greg Anthony.
 
The younger Anthony has also worked out for the Magic and Heat. He said his workouts with the Wizards and Magic went better than the one with Miami. Of his meeting with the Wizards, he said it "went really, really well."
 
If the Wizards took a point guard like Anthony with the ninth pick, or if they traded back to get him, that would be interesting given their most accomplished and highest-paid player, John Wall, is a point guard. But Anthony could serve as his back-up initially and possibly replace Wall long-term.
 
Whether the Wizards ultimately go that route or not, they are clearly at least considering it.