2027 Kenneth Anthony is maximizing his opportunities early for Mount St. Joseph

It has become a norm to see freshmen jump into the high school scene and make an impact at the varsity level in the Baltimore and DMV area. The regularity is why the foundation of what can be considered as the hotbed for high school basketball talent is so strong. This season in the Baltimore Catholic League are another talented crop of freshmen, but Kenneth Anthony has made the biggest impression thus far.

The Gaels sit with a 9-0 record with hopes of defending their BCL crown after last year's run. The roster may not hold as much star power as 2022-23, but players like Anthony are seizing the minutes that are thrown their way and should continue to see more action as the season progresses.

Anthony was one of the most sought after 2027 prospects in Baltimore due to his size at 6-foot-8. It was clear that his size would translate as a freshman as would his competitive motor. Mix that in with the fact that he has to battle against guys like Tyonne Farrell (Rhode Island commit) and 2025 Brandon Holmes in practice each day and it leaves little room for surprise of his early success off the bench.

"Tyonne and Brandon just always play so physical," Anthony told MADE Hoops. "It forced me to play that way as well. They've helped me learn how to play defense without fouling so I can get extra minutes in the game. Every practice I'm pushed to guard them out on the perimeter and that's helped me become a more reliable defender out there."

In last night's close win over Loyola Blakefield, Anthony took full advantage of his time on the floor. His stat line didn't blow up the box score, but his efficiency and effort were key in keeping the momentum in favor of Mount St. Joe. Anthony made all three of his shot attempts totaling to six points and hauled in a handful of rebounds in the 6-to-10 minutes of play.

For those who aren't aware, the BCL is one of the better leagues that you'll find in the region right next to the WCAC. To put it in perspective, last year's Mount St. Joe team handed Montverde Academy one of their three losses on the season. Head coach Pat Clatchey returned a large group of roster, but many of them were expected to fill a specific role. 

As Anthony continues to prove his worth among an experienced group of guys, his intensity in rebounding at both ends is going to force Coach Clatchey's hand to play him in clutch time of some league games.

"I'm just an energetic person on and off the court. That's where that comes from. Whether I'm on the bench hyping up my teammates or on the court playing hard, I know that energy can be contagious. I've learned that throughout the past few years."

Anthony's energy was on full display in his showing last night. He entered the game and immediately collected an offensive rebound where he went back up strong for a finish. He then stepped out to the short corner for a face-up jumper off the catch as a penetrating guard delivered the pass. His other bucket came on a touch inside where he used his length and soft touch to finish over a contesting defender. Throughout, Anthony ran the floor with purpose, communicated effectively as the anchor on defense and made plays that positively impacted the outcome.

"I'm an aggressive player who wants to show that he's a leader and can be physical when I'm down low."

Where does Anthony see the next progression in his development?

"I want to be able to make decision and handle the ball better out on the perimeter. I watch a lot of Nikola Jokic. He's a really good all-around player and he's not afraid to be a fighter. He hustles and just does everything his team needs to win."

Anthony ranks as the No. 87 overall prospect in the MADE Hoops 2027 national rankings.



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