Syracuse Basketball: Melo 4-star son dishes on chance to continue legacy

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Syracuse basketball recently offered a scholarship to the four-star son of Orange legend and long-time NBA star Carmelo Anthony.

Melo’s son, 2025 four-star shooting guard Kiyan Anthony, says in a recent interview that the ‘Cuse offering him means a lot, given that his dad led Syracuse basketball to the program’s only national championship in 2003.

That being said, Kiyan Anthony recently told 247Sports national analyst Dushawn London that his recruiting process has a long way to go, and he is keeping his options open.

Anthony, as a member of the 2025 class, is a sophomore at Christ the King Regional High School in Middle Village, N.Y. His list of scholarship offers and interest from big-time programs is expanding, although he definitely was excited when the Orange offered the 6-foot-3 shooting guard from New York City.

Syracuse basketball is firmly in the mix for Carmelo Anthony’s son, a 2025 four-star shooting guard.

"In his interview with 247Sports, Kiyan Anthony said in part, “I’ve been waiting for this offer for a while and it meant a lot just because my dad went there and won a national championship there. A lot of people were waiting for me to have this on my checklist. It means a lot to me to have a chance to continue the legacy.”"

To date, Anthony’s offer sheet, besides the Orange, includes Memphis, Bryant, George Mason and Manhattan. Illinois, Penn State, St. John’s, Morgan State and others are reportedly showing interest in him.

Indiana could also end up being a team to watch in Anthony’s recruitment, as the Hoosiers’ head coach, Mike Woodson, coached Anthony’s father on the NBA’s New York Knicks.

Notes Anthony: “I’m just keeping all my options open right now.”

Currently ranked in the top 65 in the 2025 cycle per 247Sports, Anthony has made his high-interest level in Syracuse basketball known, and I think it would be so cool if he donned an Orange uniform in a few years’ time.

That being said, coming to the Hill would likely bring with it an added level of pressure for Anthony, given what his dad did in Central New York.

Plus, Anthony may ultimately want to carve out his own collegiate path, and many more impressive offers are likely to arrive for him, particularly as college coaches can initiate direct contact with 2025 prospects in mid-June of next year.

We’ll have to see how this all pans out. I think Syracuse basketball has a great shot to land Melo’s son. I’ve gone on record in saying that I believe businessman Adam Weitsman should reach out to Kiyan Anthony about his $1 million name, image and likeness opportunities.

Equally as important, I love that Anthony appears to be taking his time with his recruitment. He doesn’t seem in a rush to decide anything, even with a ‘Cuse offer in tow. Good for Kiyan.

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