What a difference a year makes. Carmelo Anthony played for one season at Syracuse University. In that 2002-03 season, Melo averaged 22 points and 10 rebounds, leading head coach Jim Boeheim's team to their third National Championship. Melo left a few months later in the NBA draft as the 3rd overall pick of the Denver Nuggets. However, Anthony will always be on the Mount Rushmore of Syracuse basketball. Now his son may continue that Orange legacy.

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In the same season that Syracuse plans to honor the 20th anniversary of the 2003 national title team, Jim Boeheim has offered a scholarship to the son of the Orange legend. Kiyan Anthony is a 6-foot-5 guard in the 2025 recruiting class He is the son of Carmelo Anthony. On Sunday, Kiyan announced on Twitter that Syracuse had given him a scholarship offer. The high school sophomore currently attends Christ the King High School, known for its long-line of basketball of future basketball stars located in New York City.

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According to the Syracuse basketball website, in 2009 Carmelo Anthony made a $3 million donation toward the creation of the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center, where Syracuse's men's and women's programs practice. Anthony’s gift represented one of the largest individual donations to Syracuse University Athletics. “I would never in a million years think I would be sitting here today six or seven years after winning a national championship, doing the ribbon cutting for my building,” exclaimed Anthony at the time of the ribbon-cutting.

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Mike Waters of syracuse.com reported that Kiyan Anthony is ranked No. 62 in the ‘25 class by 247Sports.com. He also has scholarship offers from Memphis, Manhattan and Bryant. To date, Syracuse has yet to receive a commitment from any recruits in the ‘23 class.

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