Anthony lands 3 more post-season honors

Posted By: Donny Nadeau On: 2023-03-15
Posted On: 2023-03-15

It was a busy, busy Tuesday for Saint Mary’s Raheem Anthony (Chicago, Ill.) — and at this rate, the Cardinal senior is going to need a moving van just to haul all his post-season awards off the Winona campus.

Just hours after being named Region 9 Player of the Year and First-Team All-Region 9 Tuesday morning, Anthony was back in the post-season spotlight that same afternoon, this time being selected National Basketball Coaches Association (NABC) First-Team All-District 9.

Anthony, tabbed All-MIAC and the conference’s Offensive Player of the Year in late February, enjoyed a truly memorable senior season, leading the team and the conference in scoring with a 24.6 ppg average — leaving him No. 3 in all of NCAA Division III behind E.J. Day of Lasell (25.8 ppg) and Lyle Tipton of Geneva (24.7 ppg). The senior also pulled down 238 rebounds (9.2 rpg) and collected 120 assists. He finished the year shooting 54.5 percent (235-for-431) from the field and went 140-for-177 (79.1%) from the free throw line.

Anthony scored 20+ points in a game 18 times in 2022-23, including six games of 30 or more points — and a pair of career-high 41-point performances. His 41-point showing against both North Park on Dec. 30 and vs. Concordia on Jan. 21 were the highest single-game individual performances since Will Wright netted 41 against MacMurray on Nov. 22, 2008 — and just five shy of the school-record 46 points posted by Ken Jansen against Macalester during the 1956-57 season.

With his field goal at 5:48 of the second half against Finlandia on Jan. 2, Anthony became the 28th player in program history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. Anthony — who is SMU’s first 1,000-point scorer since Eli Cave ’21 hit the milestone during the 2020-21 season — closed out his career sitting eighth all-time with 1,390 career points.

Along with his 18 points in SMU’s playoff loss to Hamline on Feb. 21, Anthony also hauled in 12 rebounds for his 12th double-double of the year. The senior collected his first points/assist double-double against Gustavus on Nov. 19, scoring 19 points and adding a career-high 10 assists.

Anthony was one of just two players from the MIAC named to an All-District 9 Team, being joined on the first team by Carleton’s Jeremy Beckler, while the Knights’ Ryan Kershaw was tabbed the District 9 Coach of the Year.