Carmelo Iriarte Anthony was born in Brooklyn, New York on May 29, 1984. Carmelo was raised with his mother, Mary, and his three older siblings after Carmelo‰Ûªs father died of liver failure on his third birthday. Although Carmelo always possessed a deep love for basketball, he was surprisingly not a standout player at the beginning. In fact, he was cut from the Towson Catholic High School‰Ûªs basketball team in the fall of 1998. However, things quickly changed as Carmelo hit a growth spurt and became one of the top players in the area. Naturally, Division I universities were lined up to recruit him, but Carmelo declared his intended school as Syracuse well before his senior year finished.