Carmelo Anthony

Position Small forward
Nickname Melo
Height ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Weight 230 lb (105 kg)
Team Denver Nuggets
Nationality Flag of United States United States
Born May 29, 1984 (1984-05-29) (age 22)
Brooklyn, New York
High school Oak Hill Academy (Virginia)
College Syracuse University
Draft 3rd overall, 2003
Denver Nuggets
Pro career 2003–present

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Carmelo Kyan Anthony

(born May 29, 1984) is an American professional basketball player at the small forward position for the Denver Nuggets of the NBA and the USA National Team. He is considered one of the best scorers and clutch shooters in the NBA today[citation needed]. One of Carmelo Anthony’s signature moves is his facial jump shot that he uses during one on one situations when he stares down the defender and fakes a few dribbles to create space and pulls a jump shot over the defender.

Early years

His father, after whom Anthony is named, died of cancer when Anthony was 2 years old. He lived in the Red Hook Projects in Brooklyn, New York, for two more years. When Anthony was 8 his family moved to Baltimore, where he began winning local basketball awards. He has two brothers, Robert and Wilford, a sister, Michelle, and half-sister, Daphne. His mother is African-American, and his father was Puerto Rican.

High school career

Carmelo grew up in the Druid Hill section of West Baltimore, where he commuted to Towson Catholic High School for his first three years of high-school. During the summer of 2000, when he grew five inches, he made a name for himself in the area, being named the 2001 Baltimore Sun’s metro player of the year, as well as Baltimore Catholic League player of the year. Anthony transferred to Oak Hill Academy in Virginia for his senior campaign and became a high school All-American.

College career

Anthony played one season at Syracuse University. He averaged 22.1 points (16th in the nation, 4th in the Big East) and 10.0 rebounds (19th in the NCAA, 3rd in Big East), in leading the Orangemen to their first ever NCAA tournament title in 2003. He led the team in scoring, rebounding, minutes played (36.4 minutes per game), field goals made and attempted and free throws made and attempted. In the finals game against University of Kansas. Anthony had 20 points and 10 rebounds. Carmelo also earned the tournament’s Final Four Most Outstanding Player honors; his efforts included a 33 point game against Texas in the semi-final. Afterward, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim described Anthony as, „…by far, the best player in college basketball. It wasn’t even close. Nobody was even close to him last year in college basketball. That’s the bottom line.“[1]

Anthony says that he originally planned to stay at Syracuse for at least two seasons, but having already accomplished everything he set out to, he chose to abandon his collegiate career with Boeheim’s blessing, and declared himself eligible for the 2003 NBA Draft.

Some of Anthony’s highlights in his time with Syracuse were being Named Second-Team All-America by AP as a freshman, leading his team to a 30-5 record, capturing the schools first ever NCAA title and being the consensus pick for national Freshman of the Year. He was named to the All-Big East First team and was also made the consensus selection for Big East Conference Freshman of the Year.

 

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