Each week over the summer, The Juice Online will be counting down the top 15 players in Syracuse basketball history. Carmelo Anthony is No. 9 on our list.
WHY HE’S NO. 9: Had Carmelo Anthony played more than one season at Syracuse (and that may be a reason why you don’t think he belongs on this list), he would’ve been even higher on the chart. But in one season, Anthony led the Orangemen to its first NCAA championship with 20 points and 10 rebounds in the Title Game against Kansas. He finished the season averaging 22.2 points and 10.0 rebounds a game and was First Team All Big East and All America selection.
AFTER SYRACUSE: Anthony was the third pick in the 2003 NBA Draft and played eight seasons with the Denver Nuggets before he was traded to the New York Knicks. As a professional, he has been a five time NBA All Star and All NBA Team selection. Anthony was also a member of the 2008 “Redeem Team” that won gold in Beijing Olympics. Anthony has made frequent appearances in Syracuse, most notably as a donor for the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center.