He made the decision Friday and declared where he was going on social media.
Utah State head men’s basketball coach Craig Smith welcomed him to the Aggie family the same evening. The Aggies made it official Monday afternoon.
Marco Anthony is transferring to USU from national champion Virginia. The guard will have to sit out for a year due to NCAA transfer rules. He will have two years of eligibility left to play with the Aggies.
The 6-foot-5 Anthony spent the last two seasons with the Cavaliers. He didn’t play much in the NCAA Tournament — in just one game for a minute — but was a member of the national championship team.
“We are thrilled to announce that Marco will be joining the Aggies” Smith said in a press release Monday. “Marco is a bright young man with a tremendous future ahead of him. At 6-4-6-5 and 220 pounds, he brings great size and athleticism. Marco is very skilled and brings versatility to our team. Above all, he fits our culture as a program and should thrive in Cache Valley.”
Anthony announced on Twitter over the weekend: “my new home” with a heart emoji. He also posted four photos, including one wearing a USU uniform with the No. 10, one with his parents and two with the Aggie coaching staff.
Anthony played in 22 games last season as the Cavaliers captured the NCAA National Championship. He averaged 1.2 points and 0.5 rebounds per game in a limited 5.4 minutes per contest. As a freshman, Anthony helped the Cavaliers to a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, appearing in 13 games during the year and averaging 2.0 points and 1.0 rebounds per game in 7.9 minutes per game.
One of his best games during his career at Virginia came against Louisville during his inaugural season. He scored 10 points on 4 of 6 shooting from the floor.
Anthony was a four-year letterwinner and three-time first-team all-conference honoree at Holmes High School in San Antonio, Texas, averaging 25.5 points, 10.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game as a senior. As a junior and sophomore, Anthony averaged 20.0 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game, and 19.3 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game, respectively. Anthony was also strong in the classroom, earning a pair of second-team all-academic awards.
The Aggies have several senior guards who are seniors this upcoming season in Mountain West Player of the Year Sam Merrill and Diego Brito, who was in the running for Sixth Man of the Year in the league. Guard Abel Porter will be a junior, but has already graduated.
Utah State has added some guards, and it looks like Anthony will be learning with them this year and be in the mix for the 2020-21 season.