Syracuse Basketball: Orange 4-star recruit Kiyan Anthony goes off in AAU

Syracuse basketball, Kiyan Anthony (Photo by Cassy Athena/Getty Images)
Syracuse basketball, Kiyan Anthony (Photo by Cassy Athena/Getty Images) /

Syracuse basketball recruiting target Kiyan Anthony, a 2025 four-star shooting guard from New York City, is off to a terrific start in the early goings of the grassroots basketball circuit this spring and summer.

The 6-foot-5 Anthony, the son of long-time NBA star Carmelo Anthony, received a scholarship offer from the Orange coaching staff last November.

He has other early offers from teams including Memphis, Bryant, George Mason, Manhattan and, most recently, Providence.

I have every confidence that as the contact period opens up for 2025 prospects in mid-June, and college coaches can initiate direct communication with Kiyan Anthony, his offer sheet will greatly expand. Is Syracuse basketball a favorite for him at this point in his recruitment?

Well, he’s said that getting offered by the Orange meant a lot to him, but Kiyan Anthony also has a way to go in his recruiting process. Time will tell.

Syracuse basketball four-star target Kiyan Anthony is evolving his all-around game, experts say.

Not too long ago, Anthony earned solid praise from some national recruiting analysts and scouts for his performance at the MADE Hoops East Warmup in Manalapan, N.J.

On the AAU circuit, Kiyan Anthony competes for the Baltimore-based Team Melo in Nike’s EYBL league.

This past weekend, amid an NCAA live period where college coaches could watch recruits in person at various AAU events put on by the shoe-sponsored circuits, Anthony had some really impressive outings as the EYBL held a session at the LakePoint Champions Center in Emerson, Ga.

According to the EYBL’s Web site, over his five encounters, Kiyan Anthony averaged 15.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 29.5 minutes per game. He connected on 43.1 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from beyond the arc, and 63.0 percent from the charity stripe.

He tallied 26 points in one affair and recorded 22 points in another game.

As a junior in the 2023-24 stanza, Kiyan Anthony will suit up for Long Island Lutheran High School in Brookville, N.Y., after previously playing for Christ the King Regional High School in Middle Village, N.Y.

In 2022-23, Long Island Lutheran was one of the top teams around the country, as well as in its league, the loaded National Interscholastic Basketball Conference (“NIBC”). The Crusaders earned an invite to the 2023 GEICO Nationals, and Anthony will get plenty of national exposure competing for Long Island Lutheran in the NIBC.

Per multiple recruiting services, at the time of this writing, Anthony was rated a top-70 national prospect, a top-20 shooting guard and a top-three player in New York within the sophomore cycle.

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