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Days before making his debut in an exhibition game at the Smith Center, expectations surrounding Cole Anthony are sky-high as the 6-3, 190-pound freshman comes in at No. 2 on the Sports Illustrated projection of the top 50 players in college hoops for this season.

Anthony’s explosiveness, strength, and mature frame will set him apart at the college level and enable him to help Carolina on both ends of the floor. Expect big counting stats, some memorable performances, and immediate results.

That hype has only picked up since Sunday, when Anthony scored 28 points in a closed scrimmage with Villanova that lasted for more than 50 minutes at the Smith Center.

Anthony ranks as the ACC's top player with Louisville's Jordan Nwora at No. 6 while two Duke players — Tre Jones and Vernon Carey Jr. — both made the list.

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In all, five ACC players are included in the top 50.

Check out the full rankings here.