Julius Randle Joins Carmelo and La La Anthony to Celebrate Kiyan's NYC Moment

Young basketball talent Kiyan gaining attention from top universities.

by Nouman Rasool
Julius Randle Joins Carmelo and La La Anthony to Celebrate Kiyan's NYC Moment
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New York Knicks sensation Julius Randle recently made an appearance at the Metro Classic in New Jersey, where he witnessed the budding talent of Kiyan Anthony, son of NBA star Carmelo Anthony. Alongside Kiyan's parents, Carmelo and La La Anthony, Randle watched as Kiyan showcased his skills for Long Island Lutheran High School.

Kiyan's College Prospects

Kiyan, a rising basketball star, is already on the radar of leading universities such as Kentucky, Syracuse, and Florida State, with his NCAA eligibility beginning in 2025. His performance has made him a top-40 college prospect.

Reflecting on his future, Kiyan shared with SB Nation his desire for a collegiate program that offers not only a winning culture but also a family-oriented environment. Despite the significant attention and pressure that comes with being Carmelo Anthony's son, Kiyan maintains a focus on his game.

He's currently averaging 10.3 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per season, demonstrating his growing prowess on the court. Carmelo Anthony, an NBA legend in his own right, is keeping his expectations for Kiyan realistic, aiming to avoid adding extra pressure.

His attention remains partly on the NBA, especially his former team, the New York Knicks, with whom he played from 2011 to 2017. Under Julius Randle's leadership, the Knicks have become a formidable force in the Eastern Conference this season.

With a 32-17 record, placing them third in the East, and the longest winning streak in the NBA at nine games, the Knicks have reignited excitement among their fans. This resurgence, however, brings its own set of challenges, particularly the heightened pressure to succeed in what is considered the NBA's largest market.

Carmelo Anthony, reflecting on his own experiences with the Knicks, empathizes with the current team's situation. In a conversation with Sports Illustrated, reported by the Daily Knicks, Anthony expressed his understanding of the intense scrutiny and expectations faced by players like Julius Randle in New York.

Randle, who is having an All-Star caliber season with averages of 24.0 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 5.0 assists, recently sustained a shoulder injury. This setback is expected to sideline him for a few weeks, posing a challenge for the Knicks as they continue their quest for success this season.