Thanks to outstanding skill and impressive inside-outside abilities at the forward position, January bore the look of a player who ultimately might rank among the top 50 players to emerge from his class.
In the 2012 summer, however, he switched to the Class of 2013 and reopened his recruitment. After touring the travel circuit that July, he faded into the background and continued to meander along without a defined direction.
But all that has changed immensely over the past few months. January has enrolled at Cerritos (Calif.) JC, where he is a freshman, and he's beginning to draw increasing high-major interest.
In fact, he recently swooped to the East Coast to casually check out North Carolina State. Although the trip was not an actual unofficial in terms of player/coach contact — NCAA rules are restrictive for first-year jucos — January definitely gleaned a positive impression from Raleigh.
"Anthony loved his trip to N.C. State," Anthony January Sr. said. "He likes the situation there and really likes the idea of playing in the ACC. He's very interested in them."
In addition to the Wolfpack, January Sr. said that a slew of other Pac-12 and other major programs are interested and that his son intends to weigh his options going forward.
But first, the most pressing question is what class January will be. His father noted that he may be able to sign this fall and become a Class of 2014 recruit, but there's also the possibility that he'll spend two seasons at Cerritos and thus become a 2015 prospect.
Whenever he signs, January could become one of the increasingly rare jucos to become an immediate impact player at the Division I level. If in fact he appears eligible to suit up for a major conference program next season, look for his options to expand dramatically in the very near future.