Joel Vincent Anthony
(born August 9, 1982, in Montreal
) is a Canadian
player in the NBA
who is currently a member of the Miami Heat
. He is also a key member of the Canadian national men's basketball team
High school career
Anthony, nicknamed "The Warden", attended prestigious Selwyn House School
in Montreal from 1994 to 1997. He graduated from Emmanuel Christian School
, class of '99. After Emmanuel, he attended Dawson College
, where he was cut from the preliminary basketball squad.
By the time he graduated from Florida's Pensacola Junior College
in 2004, however, he had come into his own on the court. He made the first team all-conference for 2003–04, averaging 9 points, 7 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game.
At the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
he made a name for himself, helping lead the Runnin' Rebels to a 30–7 season his senior year, being named Mountain West Conference
defensive player of the year and finishing second in the NCAA
in shot block percentage.
Anthony signed with Miami in July 2007. He made 24 appearances that season, averaging 3.5 points and 3.9 rebounds. The following year Anthony made his NBA playoff debut during Miami's first round series with the Atlanta Hawks
. Miami lost the series 4-3.
With Miami's high profile free agent signings of Lebron James
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