Carmelo Anthony, nicknamed “Melo” is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the New York Knicks. Since entering the NBA Carmelo emerged as one of the well-known and popular players in the league. Carmelo Anthony is originally from the Red Hook projects in Brooklyn, New York. He was born to a Puerto Rican father and an African American mother. Sadly, his father died when he was only 2 years old. At the age of 8 his mother and him moved to Baltimore. Carmelo commuted to Towson Catholic High School. During the summer of 1999, Anthony grew five inches into the frame of a 6-5 wingspan. He suddenly became one of the top ranked players in the area, being called The Baltimore Sun’s metro player of the year in 2001. As Carmelo’s high school years came to a close his reputation attracted college basketball recruiters. It was not long until Syracuse University’s men’s basketball team recruited Carmelo. In his only season at Syracuse, Carmelo Anthony averaged 22.2 points and 10.0 rebounds (1st among NCAA Division I freshmen). He also led the University to its first ever NCAA tournament title in 2003. It is Carmelo’s hard work and talent that will continue to help him grow and succeed in his career as a basketball player and beyond.
By Raymond Nieves, M.S343 News Contributing Writer