Syracuse Basketball: 4-star Kiyan Anthony to visit 4 teams, including ‘Cuse

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Syracuse basketball 2025 priority target Kiyan Anthony from New York City has said he plans to officially visit the Hill at some point, and he has several other schools in mind for visits, according to two media reports.

College basketball insider Adam Zagoria noted in a tweet that the four-star shooting guard will visit the Orange, Florida State, Indiana and Michigan. On3 national analyst Joe Tipton reports that Anthony will take an official visit to Florida State from October 13 to October 14, with no dates appearing to be set for the other schools.

Not too long ago, in an article by Ryan Glasspiegel of the New York Post, he noted that the 6-foot-5 Anthony was hoping to visit four schools – Atlantic Coast Conference members Syracuse basketball and Florida State, along with Big Ten Conference members Indiana and Michigan.

Kiyan Anthony had a breakout spring and summer on the AAU circuit, earning a lot of high praise from national analysts and scouts for his play as part of the Baltimore-based Team Melo in Nike’s EYBL league. As such, his national rankings lately have soared, and his offer sheet has significantly expanded.

Syracuse basketball offered a scholarship to 2025 four-star shooting guard Kiyan Anthony last November.

Anthony is a rising junior at the powerhouse Long Island Lutheran High School in Brookville, N.Y., which is part of the 10-team National Interscholastic Basketball Conference (“NIBC”). Several other Orange recruiting targets, and 2024 four-star commit Donnie Freeman, will suit up in the NIBC during the upcoming 2023-24 campaign.

Besides the ‘Cuse, Anthony’s offer list includes West Virginia, UCF, Michigan, Maryland, Dayton, Florida State, Pittsburgh, Albany, Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, Seton Hall, UMass, Providence, Memphis, Bryant, George Mason and Manhattan.

Assuming that Kiyan Anthony shines in the NIBC – with some of his games expected to be on national broadcasts in 2023-24 – his offer sheet and 2025 national ratings will likely climb further. At present, he is a consensus top-55 overall player and resides inside the top 40 per multiple recruiting services.

Since offering him a scholarship, Syracuse basketball coaches have watched Kiyan Anthony compete in grassroots basketball during NCAA live periods, and perhaps at other showcase events.

Anthony has said he has high interest in the Orange, where his father, long-time NBA star Carmelo Anthony, won a national championship in the 2002-03 season. That being said, Kiyan Anthony has also said he’s in no rush with his recruiting process, and it’s by no means a guarantee that he will follow in his dad’s footsteps at the ‘Cuse.

Regarding the other schools he’s eyeing for visits, Florida State really struggled a season ago, but head coach Leonard Hamilton is a well-respected coach in the ACC and around the country, and he does well on the recruiting trail.

Indiana is definitely a team to monitor here. The Hoosiers’ head coach is Mike Woodson, who previously coached Carmelo Anthony with the NBA’s New York Knicks. Kiyan Anthony has noted in interviews that his dad is close with Woodson, and Anthony has also spoken highly of Michigan and its head coach, former NBA player Juwan Howard.

I’ll keep tabs on when Kiyan Anthony formally schedules an official visit to Syracuse basketball, and also track his growing offer list as well as how he fares this fall and winter in the NIBC.

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