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Anthony Harper

School
Johnson C. Smith University
Position
Center
Major
Sport Management

Classroom

Anthony Harper is a sport management major. He recognizes his high-profile position as a member of the men’s basketball team and that it puts him in the position to dispel many of the negative myths about male student-athletes.

Character

In addition to being attentive in the classroom and striving to be a good student, Harper attends events on campus and encourages other student-athletes to do the same. He also works hard to promote camaraderie among student-athletes. You can count on Harper to attend games, matches and meets to cheer on his fellow Golden Bulls.

Head Coach Stephen Joyner Sr. said Harper’s character helps him stand out among his peers. “It is important to me that our men’s basketball program produces good men who are able to win in life in addition to winning on the basketball court,” Joyner said. “Anthony Harper is hardworking, respectful and a good influence on those around him. He is always willing to go the extra mile, and I’m sure that quality will serve in well in his future endeavors.”

Community

It can be tough to balance academics, basketball and being an active part of the campus, but Harper does it well and even manages to give back to the community. He volunteered at Bruns Avenue Elementary School as a reading buddy and helped greet students on the first day of school, which he has done for several years. Harper said being there on the first day is important to him because it gives him an opportunity to meet elementary students—particularly boys—and motivate them to have a good year, starting with the first minute. He especially likes reminding young boys that making good grades, being respectful to teachers and helping others are good things to do. He hopes the reinforcement helps to keep them from giving in to the peer pressure that often encourages them to be “too cool for school.”

Competition

The man in the middle, Harper is the leading shot blocker on the team, averaging nearly two blocks per game. He is the second leading scorer on the team averaging 5.7 points per contest.

Harper is definitely one of the hardest workers on the team. He takes practice seriously and puts in the time needed to improve his skills, and his hard work is paying off during games. Because of his dedication, Harper is a team leader who gets other players to follow him by setting the example and holding his teammates accountable to high standards.

*All stats as of nomination time.

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