NBA celebrity Carmelo Anthony moved to Oak Hill Academy in Virginia for his senior yr of highschool. Regardless of enrolling in one of many nation’s most interesting prep basketball applications, Anthony alleges he was pressured to depart his earlier highschool as a result of racism.
“Lots of people don’t know, I acquired kicked out of Towson Catholic my junior yr as a result of I had braids,” Anthony instructed Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson on All of the Smoke.
“It was racism and I didn’t know I used to be a part of racism at the moment.”
Anthony led Towson Catholic Excessive College to a 26-3 file as a junior, receiving Baltimore County Participant of the Yr, All-Metropolitan Participant of the Yr, and Baltimore Catholic League Participant of the Yr honors. Anthony was a mean participant all through his first two years of highschool basketball and it wasn’t till his junior yr that he started to garner consideration from East Coast establishments. Nonetheless, Anthony experiences that Towson Catholic was nonetheless centered on his braids.
“You’re strolling round and the monsignor and archdiocese are you want, ‘you gotta take your hair out.’ I’m like, ‘no, I’m not doing that.’ My tie was crooked, you bought detention,” Anthony defined. “They had been selecting on me.”
“By the point my junior yr ended, I had so many detentions accrued that I needed to come again that summer time in an effort to get my report card,” Anthony stated. “I’m like, I’m accomplished with that. I’m not about to come back in the summertime to wash tables and wash books – it’s summertime. So I acquired kicked out.”
After declaring early for school basketball at Syracuse College, Anthony completed his highschool profession at Oak Hill Academy, the place he led the staff to a championship throughout his senior season.
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