Carmelo Anthony's basketball starlet son Kiyan is handed scholarship offer from Syracuse

[Daily Mail] Carmelo Anthony's basketball starlet son Kiyan is handed scholarship offer from Syracuse

He holds NCAA record for the most points scored by a freshman in the Final Four

Carmelo Anthony's son, Kiyan, received a scholarship offer to attend Syracuse — the same university where his father made his name after guiding the Orange to a NCAA title in 2003.

On Monday, Kiyan tweeted that he felt 'beyond blessed' to have the possibility to follow in his father's footsteps, along a famous picture of his father holding a copy of The Post Standard - a newspaper serving the greater Syracuse area - from 19 years ago.

The 15-year-old, born in 2005, still has three years of high school left before becoming eligible to play college basketball. He is rated as a four-star prospect, coming out of Christ The King Regional in Middle Village, New York. 

Kiyan Anthony, 15, tweeted on Monday that he received an offer from Syracuse - the same school that his father, Carmelo, attended and led to a NCAA Championship in 2003 

Carmelo Anthony poses with his son, Kiyan, during the 71st NBA All-Star game in February

Kiyan plays as a shooting guard, unlike his father who can operate as a small forward or power forward - and is currently 6ft3, four inches shorter than Carmelo's height. 

High expectations would be placed on the youngster's shoulders, should he commit to Syracuse, where 'Melo' achieved stardom. 

In his single season with the Orange, Carmelo averaged 22.2 points and 10 rebounds per game on 45.3 percent overall shooting from the floor in just 35 games. 

His 33-point showing against the Texas Longhorns in the 2003 Final Four set an NCAA tournament record for most points scored by a freshman. That record has yet to be broken. 

Carmelo Anthony averaged 22.2 points and 10 rebounds per game in his one year at Syracuse

Anthony scored 20 points and 10 rebounds against Kansas in the NCAA Championship game

In the championship game against Kansas, Carmelo scored 20 points and had 10 rebounds. He won the tournament's Most Outstanding Player award for his displays.

Afterwards, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim described Carmelo as '[...] by far, the best player in college basketball. It wasn't even close. Nobody was even close to him last year in college basketball. That's the bottom line.'

The Syracuse legend would then go on to become a 10-time NBA All-Star, and one of the game's most remarkable shooters, after being part of the same draft class (2003) as Dwayne Wade and LeBron James.

In 2013, he was named as the league's scoring champion before being selected as one of the greatest 75 players in NBA history last year. 

Anthony's jersey was retired by Syracuse during half time in a game vs. Georgetown in 2013

In 2014, it was documented that Carmelo had donated $3million to Syracuse for the creation of the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center - the Orange's practice arena for both the men's and women's basketball team. 

The university plans to commemorate one of its most memorable basketball players sometime this season to reminisce the 20th anniversary of the 2003 national title run.

Carmelo, currently a free agent, isn't the only NBA player who dreams of having his son reach America's premier basketball league. 

Dwayne Wade's son, Zaire, was a member of the Salt Lake City Stars, the G-League affiliate of the Utah Jazz, last season before sustaining a season-ending injury. He was consequently waived from the team's roster, while he recovers. Bronny James, Lebron's son, is ranked as a four-star prospect out of Sierra Canyon High School and is projected to be ranked as No. 34 of the 2023 class. 

Source: Daily Mail