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Kiyan Anthony, son of NBA great Carmelo Anthony, is hearing from Kentucky

Zack Geogheganby:Zack Geoghegan12/06/23


Carmelo Anthony, a 10-time NBA All-Star and future Hall of Famer, has a son who is looking to get into the family business. Could that include a stop at Kentucky?

Kiyan Anthony, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from the class of 2025, has been steadily rising in the recruiting rankings over the last several months. He’s a four-star prospect now ranked as the No. 37 overall high school junior in the country by the On3 Industry Ranking and is beginning to hear more and more from the nation’s top programs. According to On3’s Joe Tipton, Kentucky is one of them.

“I recently started to talk to Kentucky because they’ve been at our games and practices because of my teammate, VJ (Edgecombe), that’s one of his options,” Anthony told On3. “So I guess they were really impressed in practice and stuff. So they started reaching out to me and we were just talking.

“They tell me like they got their eye on me, don’t give up on them and stuff. Even though they haven’t officially offered me yet, they always tell me good things. They were actually at my game a couple of days ago against Oak Hill and I had a chance to talk to them after. They were really excited about how I played. Coach (Calipari) was there but I didn’t talk to him face to face. He talked to my father a little bit on the way out. I talk to the assistant coach through text every now and then.”

Anthony has been offered by the likes of Syrcause (where his father won a national championship in 2003), Florida State, Memphis, Indiana, Tennessee, Providence, Illinois, Michigan, and several others. His first official visit was to Florida State back in October and his second to Syracuse soon after. Indiana and Michigan could get the next OVs, Anthony tells Tipton.

Anthony’s connection to VJ Edgecombe is notable, as Kentucky has ramped up its recruiting efforts with the five-star shooting guard from the 2024 class. Anthony and Edgecombe are teammates at Long Island Lutheran in New York. The more Kentucky has focused on Edgemcombe, the more familiar they’re becoming with Anthony.

But until a scholarship offer officially comes in for Anthony from Kentucky, this will be a “wait-and-see” situation. There’s plenty of time though — Anthony says a college commitment might not come until this time next year. Kentucky has only offered 10 class of 2025 prospects so far.

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