“Anthony Polite is a player that all his teammates are going to love playing with. I don’t think you can say that about everybody. I guarantee within a couple weeks, if they play a pickup game and two guys are captains, Anthony will be the first pick,” said St. Andrew’s Head Coach John O’Connell.
ON POLITE: Can effectively play all three perimeter positions…with his great height on the perimeter he has great vision when leading a team and is at his best when the ball is in his hands…is tough with excellent playmaking skills…left-handed…a hard-nose, tough wing who can score, rebound and play defense…ranked as the 40th best shooting guard in the country and the 18th best in the state of Florida according to 247 sports…was named the 2016 Small School Player of the Year in Palm Beach County by the Palm Beach Post…played for the Florida Vipers Under Armour team that went to the semifinals of the Las Vegas 48 tournament…averaged 12 points, six rebounds and two assists over four games while shooting 51% for the Vipers…played with fellow FSU teammate Raiquan Gray…regarded as a very effective scorer that is efficient from inside and outside the arc…earned the Unsung Hero Award as a member of Florida State’s Scout team — the Green Vipers — at Florida State’s 2018 Honors Banquet.
Graduated from St. Andrew’s Christian School in 2017… averaged a double-double of 19.1 points and 11.7 rebounds to go along with 4.6 assists and 2.4 steals in 26 games while leading St. Andrew’s to a regional semifinal…scored 24 points in the semifinal loss…in the quarterfinals made a late layup to give St. Andrew’s the lead and the victory…finished his high school career with 1545 points…shot an astounding .590 percent from the field and .390 percent from the 3-point line…named the 2017 All-Palm Beach 6A-1A Basketball Player of the Year as he helped St. Andrew’s win a district title…St. Andrew’s finished the season with a 25-3 record…served as the team captain at St. Andrew’s his senior season…led St. Andrew’s to a 51-5 record during his junior and senior seasons…as a junior averaged 22.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game…led St. Andrew’s to the 4A regional championship game and a 26-2 record…named to the Class 4A-1A All-State First-Team…averaged 18.6 points and 6.5 rebounds per game as a sophomore in leading St. Andrew’s to an 18-8 season…led his team to the district championship game…led St. Andrew’s to a 14-7 record during his freshman season…St. Andrew’s finished the regular season with a 21-1 record, their only loss coming to Oxbridge Academy at the MLK classic…the Scots topped Coral Springs Charter to win their first district title and defeated Calvary Christian in the regional quarterfinals…led St. Andrew’s to a victory over Chaminade to send St. Andrew’s to the district championship game…a member of the St. Andrew’s varsity all four years of high school…named as the St. Andrew’s Player of the Year as both a junior and senior…named the St. Andrew’s Player of the Game 18 times as both a junior and senior.
Born June 21, 1997…Anthony is the son of Michael Polite…his father, Michael Polite, played for the Seminoles in 1988-91 and in 99 games averaged 10.8 points and 6.8 rebounds…born in Switzerland in 1997 while his father was playing professionally…moved to the United States when he was 15 for his freshman season…played soccer for four years before deciding to concentrate on basketball…selected Florida State over Duke, Miami, Pitt, Virginia Tech and Southern Cal.