Is Anthony January one of the most underrated players in America?
Anthony January is a 4 Star 92 Grade by ESPN and is on ESPN’s Top 150 list. January de-committed from UTEP when one of spot opened up, as Anthony January loves San Diego State and has us as his dream school.
This kid could be better than Winston Shepard, and is extremely underrated. One reason why Anthony January remains underrated, is because of grades. He was forced to sit out half of the basketball season and started his first game in January. Anthony January led his Taft team to the City Section title in 2012 after recording 23.5 points, and 14 rebounds. January still managed to be named one of the seven the Wooden High School “players of the year.”
“Anthony is unstoppable in transition. His huge frame and long arms help him sky up and snare rebounds and his instincts help him track down long rebounds outside the paint, and once Anthony gets the ball off the board he shoots down the other end. He has the presence of mind to usually give the ball to a guard before filling the wings but he is more then capable of handling the rock himself, something rare for a guy his size. Once he gets moving Anthony just blows by everyone else. He has these beautiful long strides that just make the court shrink and leave fans wondering how he could go from end to end so quickly. Once near the rim Anthony simply flies off the ground and attacks the basket like he is trying to rip the rim off the glass.” Cali High’s Top 30
He gets so high in the air yet maintains incredible body control. At 6’7 with a surprisingly strong frame he doesn’t really face anyone who can physically challenge him at the rim, which leads to thunderous dunks that can swing the momentum of a game. Anthony is most effective in a transition game but can also score in the half-court set, although most of his points do come at the rim. He can handle the ball well and usually his size to create space and has an improving touch around the rim. He does an excellent job of attacking the basket aggressively and is sure to draw plenty of fouls at the basket and has an improving stroke at the stripe. A lack of a jump shot was one of Anthony’s biggest flaws but in recent months he has improved considerably and is now a fine set shooter with an improving pull up game.” Cali High’s Top 30
2012 John R. Wooden Award High School Players of the Year
|CIF Los Angeles City Section||Anthony January||Taft High School|
|CIF Southern Section Division I||Katin Reinhardt||Mater Dei High School|
|CIF Southern Section Division II||Dion Wright||Mayfair High School|
|CIF Southern Section Division III||Marqueze Coleman||Alemany High School|
|CIF Southern Section Division IV||Grant Jerrett||Lutheran High School|
|CIF Southern Section Division V||Brandon Randolph||St. Bernard High School|
|CIF Southern Section Division VI||Jessy Cantinol||Renaissance Academy|