Carmelo Anthony’s son can live the adage chip off the old block, as Kiyan Anthony has been offered a scholarship from his father’s alma mater, Syracuse University. The current Christ The King basketball shooting guard took to Twitter to announce the offer.
“Beyond blessed to receive an offer from Syracuse University! #GOORANGE”
The younger Anthony had a picture of his father’s 2003 NCAA championship win for the Orangemen, where he was named the NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player. The win is the Orange’s first and only NCAA Tournament trophy. Now Kiyan as a potential recruit is as much nostalgic as it is planning for the future.
Beyond blessed to receive an offer from Syracuse University! #GOORANGE🍊🍊 pic.twitter.com/uBMq5Kwdv7
— Kiyan Anthony (@kiyananthony) November 13, 2022
Kiyan is the son of Carmelo and his ex-wife, La La Anthony. Standing 6 feet 3, he is a Class of 2025 recruit and a four-star prospect out of Christ The King Regional in Middle Village, New York. Kiyan is ranked No. 62 overall nationally in the class of 2025, per reports. He is currently the No. 14 shooting guard in the country and the No. 3 overall player in New York in his class.
Syracuse has also sent offers to 6-foot-3 shooting guard Jerry Easter and a 6-foot-3 combo guard Darius Adams as part of the class of 2025. Kiyan Anthony is fortunate to have multiple offers, with others from Memphis, George Mason University, Bryant, and Manhattan College.
Carmelo’s 2003 NBA draft class was full of firepower, with Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade all selected as top-five picks. Fast forward to today, Wade and James are multiple-time world champions, with James being the only active billionaire in the NBA. Melo is a ten-time NBA All-Star and a member of the NBA 75th Anniversary Team.
Kiyan Anthony knows the pressure of having an NBA LEGEND as a dad ⭐️ pic.twitter.com/Vr6xwcpMmy
— Overtime (@overtime) November 5, 2022
The scholarship offer to Kiyan is a full-circle moment for the elder Anthony, a certified collegiate basketball legend. Carmelo only played one season for the Orange in 2002–03; he played 35 games while averaging 22.2 points and 10.0 rebounds per game on 45.3 percent shooting from the floor. In that one season, Anthony led the Orange to an NCAA title. He was a consensus first-team All-American, becoming one of the most decorated basketball players in Syracuse history.
Kiyan is only a high school sophomore and part of a new generation of sons of NBA elites. Bronny James, the son of LeBron and a No. 41 recruit from the class of 2023, has offers from high-profile colleges, including Duke, USC, and Kansas. His younger brother, Bryce James, is also rising as a 6-foot-6 guard/forward from the class of 2025, and he received his first Division I offer from Duquesne in August. Zaire Wade, the son of Dwyane Wade, played with the Salt Lake City Stars in the G League during the 2021-22 season; his father is a co-owner of the team.
In honor of @kiyananthony receiving a scholarship offer from Syracuse University, here’s a wholesome clip of Melo teaching a really young Kiyan one of the greatest moves in his arsenal, the jab step.
Congrats Kiyan 🍊 pic.twitter.com/C85B1TsS5p
— Me7o World (@MeloCentral) November 15, 2022
Melo’s legacy is hallowed at Syracuse as the school has not won a championship since he left, and the desire to bring back that magic runs high. If Kiyan chooses to go Orange, he would play for the same coach as his father if Jim Boeheim continues coaching for at least the next few seasons; an actual full-circle moment indeed.