Syracuse Basketball: Kiyan Anthony moves closer to 5 stars as SU visit set

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When I first started covering four-star shooting guard Kiyan Anthony, around the time that Syracuse basketball offered him a scholarship last November, the 6-foot-5 Anthony was rated inside the top 100 per several recruiting services, hovering around the No. 70 to the No. 75 range.

After a breakout spring and summer on the AAU circuit, Anthony has seen both his offer sheet and his national rankings soar.

In fact, these days, the vast majority of recruiting Web sites rank Kiyan Anthony as a top-40 overall player in the junior class.

One of the primary recruiting services, On3, recently updated its top-150 prospects in the 2025 cycle, and Anthony checked in at No. 35 nationwide, No. 9 at shooting guard and No. 1 in New York.

Syracuse basketball is prioritizing 2025 four-star shooting guard Kiyan Anthony.

Now, Anthony has clearly been making massive leaps as recruiting services refresh their 2025 national rankings. Can he attain five-star status?

I believe he can make a significant run at five stars. Typically, prospects rated in the top 15 up until the top 25 or so have great shots at attaining five-star status.

So Kiyan Anthony has some more climbing to do, and he’ll have an opportunity to shine as a junior on a big-time national stage.

Anthony, who will take an official visit to Syracuse basketball later on this month, is a junior at the powerhouse Long Island Lutheran High School in Brookville, N.Y., which is a member of the loaded 10-team National Interscholastic Basketball Conference (“NIBC”).

NIBC members are expected to play some of their games on national broadcasts, and as I’ve noted in several other recent columns, Long Island Lutheran is also participating in some loaded showcase events during the upcoming 2023-24 campaign.

In the most recent grassroots basketball season, Anthony undeniably boosted his stock while performing at a high level for the Baltimore-based Team Melo in Nike’s EYBL league.

He will have opportunities in his junior and senior years at Long Island Lutheran, as well as one more AAU season, to further bolster his national rankings.

While I’m not a recruiting analyst or a scout, based on his current trajectory, I could envision Kiyan Anthony emerging as a high four-star or a five-star, top-25 national prospect in 2025.

Besides his upcoming official to the Orange, he has an official visit planned to Florida State and also plans to make trips to both Indiana and Michigan.

His full offer sheet, beyond Syracuse basketball, includes West Virginia, UCF, Michigan, Maryland, Dayton, Florida State, Pittsburgh, Albany, Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, Seton Hall, UMass, Providence, Memphis, Bryant, George Mason and Manhattan.

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