“Melo” Opens Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center

October 1, 2009

“Melo” Opens Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center

September 24, 2009

Carmelo Anthony, who helped lead Syracuse to the 2003 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, officially opened the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center on September 24. Anthony participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony and took the first official “shot” on the new practice courts.

“I would never in a million years think I would be sitting here today six or seven years after winning a national championship, doing the ribbon cutting for my building,” exclaimed Anthony.

Anthony’s visit was timed just prior to the start of training camp for the Denver Nuggets. The All-American wanted to participate in the event for the new building and was able to arrange his schedule to include a stop in Syracuse. Donors to the facility and athletic department staff were invited to attend. In addition to Anthony, Dr. Daryl Gross, director of athletics, and coaches Jim Boeheim and Quentin Hillsman participated in the program. Representatives of both the men’s and women’s basketball teams attended as well.

Work continues on the $19 million facility and staff is expected to start relocating to the office suites next week. The Basketball Center features two full practice courts, a strength and conditioning room, state-of-the art athletic training suite, offices for both coaching staffs, and complete locker-room facilities.

Dr. Gross will host a dedication ceremony on Saturday, October 3, as part of Homecoming Weekend festivities at the University.

Anthony’s gift represented one of the largest individual donations to Syracuse University Athletics and is also believed to be one of the largest by a current professional athlete to the school they attended.

Anthony’s one season with the Orange turned out to be the high point of the program’s history, culminating in the NCAA Championship. He led Syracuse to a 30-5 overall record. He was named a second-team All-American by the Associated Press and was a consensus pick for National Freshman of the Year. He was a unanimous selection for BIG EAST Conference Freshman of the Year and was first-team all-league as well. Anthony was BIG EAST Conference Rookie of the Week a record 10 times during the course of the campaign.

He averaged 22.2 points (16th in NCAA Division I, fourth in The BIG EAST) and 10.0 rebounds (19th in NCAA Division I, third in The BIG EAST). Anthony posted 22 double-doubles and led the Orange in scoring in 24 of 35 games. He led the team in scoring, rebounding, minutes played (36.4 mpg), field goals made and attempted and free throws made and attempted.

The third overall pick of the Denver Nuggets in 2003, Anthony is preparing for his seventh season. Anthony guided Denver to a record-tying 54 wins and the Western Conference finals in 2008-09. The Nuggets pushed eventual-champion Los Angeles to six games before having the campaign come to a close.

He is a two-time Western Conference All-Star and has been named Third Team All-NBA three times in his career.

He is a veteran of USA Basketball international competition. Anthony has already represented the United States at two Olympics. The 2004 squad captured the bronze medal and in 2008 the Americans grabbed gold in Beijing, China. The USA Basketball coaching staff included Syracuse’s Boeheim, who was reunited with Anthony on the court for the first time since the 2003 NCAA Championship.

Anthony has been very active in the Denver community and in his native Baltimore, Md., during his time with the Nuggets.

The Carmelo Anthony Foundation was founded in 2005 to invest in programs, leaders and community organizations that empower and provide opportunities for underserved kids and families. The Foundation aims to provide educational and recreational opportunities for kids and families in Carmelo’s home communities, sponsor special projects and events and donate monies to worthy and needy causes.