ExtremeOrange.com reported first this morning that Carmelo Anthony, the outstanding 6-8 swingman from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia, had achieved a qualifying ACT score.
Anthony, who signed a letter of intent with Syracuse University, lifted a great deal of pressure off his shoulders. If Anthony had not qualified, he might have had to put his name in the NBA draft for fear of not being eligible as a freshman on the college level.
Anthony might be the best player in the 2002 class. He has added muscle and strength to his frame over the past year and might be the best offesively skilled player in the senior class.
Many will still wonder whether Anthony plans on putting his name into the NBA draft. The new rules put into place by the NCAA for this season also have made the process a little more confusing.
As of this morning, head coach Steve Smith was planning on sitting down with Anthony. Smith told us before the news of Anthony qualifying that "It would make things easier if Carmelo qualifies."
Well, now Carmelo has qualified. Congratulations To Carmelo Anthony and to all seniors who achieve the qualifying score.