Anthony bound for Syracuse?

Towson Catholic star has decided, says Web

College Basketball

May 11, 2001|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Did Towson Catholic's All-Metro boys basketball Player of the Year Carmelo Anthony really say he had decided to attend Syracuse University and would announce his early commitment soon?

Or did a Syracuse recruiting Web site put words into Anthony's mouth during a Wednesday interview that quoted the prized recruit as saying, "Yeah, I'm coming. I'm going to make an official announcement on the 29th [of May, his 17th birthday]. I'll have a press conference at my high school."

Anthony, a 6-foot-8 junior who can play five positions, could not be reached to comment.

Neither the player's mother, Mary Anthony, nor Towson Catholic basketball coach Mike Daniel would confirm or deny that the Baltimore area's most celebrated player would attend Syracuse.

"It's his choice," Mary Anthony said. "It's his life. I'll stand behind him whatever decision he makes."

Said Daniel: "It [college choice] is up in the air. I really don't know much about it. It's up to Carmelo and his mother to decide. I do know that Carmelo is a great person and a great player.

"He probably is the most talented player I've coached. His instincts are what makes him the player he is. I'd say he was born to play the game."

The Sun's Player of the Year really has nothing left to accomplish in his senior year, Daniel said.

"He's won every award there is in this area," said Daniel. "From Player of the Year to the Most Outstanding Player in the Alhambra Tournament [a prestigious tournament at Frostburg State]. He's a competitor. He hates to lose."

Anthony proved that competitive edge in the Catholic League tournament championship game, scoring his team's last 16 points over the final five minutes of the game to lead a frantic comeback against St. Maria Goretti that fell short, 59-53.

In the late burst, Anthony hit four NBA-distance three-pointers that gave him a game-high 28 points in addition to his 12 rebounds.

Anthony said in the recruiting Web site report: "I'm a slasher who likes to finish. I play above the rim. I play hard at all times and I like to win. I like to be around players that want to win."

Anthony averaged 23.0 points, 10.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists this past season and has been recruited by Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and Villanova. HoopScoop editor Clark Francis said Anthony's stock has risen rapidly in the last year and he is now one of the top 10 or 20 players nationally in his class.

"If you're [Syracuse coach] Jim Boeheim and you're trying to win a national championship, Anthony is the kind of player who can do it for you," said Francis.

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