Syracuse Basketball: 4-star Kiyan Anthony details schools in most contact

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Syracuse basketball 2025 four-star target Kiyan Anthony out of New York City is starting to see his recruitment really take off.

The 6-foot-5 Anthony, a top-70 national prospect and a top-20 shooting guard in his class, has earned a ton of high praise from recruiting analysts and scouts of late for his play on the AAU circuit.

He’s picked up a handful of impressive new scholarship offers in recent weeks, and I have every confidence that his offer sheet is going to blow up sooner rather than later.

In mid-June of this year, college coaches will be able to initiate direct communication with players in the sophomore cycle, and I would be shocked if Kiyan Anthony doesn’t witness his offer list balloon around then.

The Orange coaching staff offered a scholarship to Kiyan Anthony, the son of ‘Cuse legend and long-time NBA star Carmelo Anthony, last November.

Both Kiyan Anthony and Melo have said they’re excited about the Syracuse basketball offer to Kiyan. At the same time, Kiyan Anthony and his father have also both said that where Kiyan plays in college is his decision.

Syracuse basketball 2025 target Kiyan Anthony recently discussed his recruitment.

While I envision the ‘Cuse being a significant contender throughout Anthony’s recruiting process, I think it’s far from a foregone conclusion that he will end up competing for Syracuse basketball.

Lately, per his Twitter page, some of Anthony’s newer scholarship offers have arrived from Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, Seton Hall, UMass and Providence.

His offer sheet also includes Memphis, Bryant, George Mason and Manhattan.

In a recent Q&A with scouting service Pro Insight, Kiyan Anthony was asked which teams he has been hearing from the most lately.

"Here is his response: “You know Syracuse, of course. I just got offers from Providence and Seton Hall. I’m really close with the Seton Hall coach, the Providence coach, Coach Kim, I’m really close to him, and I’ve been talking to a lot of schools. Michigan’s Juwan Howard, he really shows love to me every time we speak, but I don’t have that offer yet, so I’m just still talking to him and stuff like that. Pittsburgh, a lot of other schools in Indiana, Houston, stuff like that.”"

Anthony said to Pro Insight that he plans to start taking some campus visits in September of this year, but he didn’t name any particular squads. “I will visit schools I feel most needed and most welcomed.”

Naturally, I’m hopeful that Anthony will take a visit to the Hill at some point during his recruiting process.

In late April, amid two NCAA live periods on the AAU circuit, Kiyan Anthony showcased his scoring prowess, along with improvements to his all-around game, whether it’s his defense and rebounding, his court vision, and his ability to finish through contact around the rim, analysts and scouts say.

This spring and summer, he is suiting up for the 16U squad of the Baltimore-based Team Melo in Nike’s EYBL league, and during one of the two April live periods, Syracuse basketball was in attendance for him, per Eric Bossi, the national basketball director at 247Sports.

In his junior year during the upcoming 2023-24 season, Anthony will compete for the powerhouse Long Island Lutheran High School in Brookville, N.Y.

The Crusaders, in 2022-23, were a top-five team around the country and earned an invite to the 2023 GEICO Nationals.

I’ll be curious to see how much playing time Anthony will get in 2023-24 for a loaded Long Island Lutheran roster. He will certainly receive a lot of national exposure, since the Crusaders are a member of the prestigious 10-member National Interscholastic Basketball Conference (“NIBC”).

I highly recommend checking out the Q&A that Kiyan Anthony recently conducted with Pro Insight. There are a lot of interesting and insightful nuggets in the piece.

Pro Insight asked him to name four words that best describe him. The response from Kiyan Anthony: “Greatness, hard worker, not complacent, and grateful.”

Love that so much.

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