Carmelo's played his last game in Syracuse

On thousands of orange t-shirts that filled the Superdome, the backs of some said, "Real Men Stay For Two."

During Carmelo Anthony's tour to the promised land of college basketball, fans begged and pleaded with him to stay for, "one more year."

But is this really an issue anymore?

Anthony's got nothing left to prove. In his one year in Syracuse, he captured the national championship of college basketball while being named tournament's most valuable player. He's dominated opponents to the tune of more than 20 points and 10 rebounds a game.

He was brilliant in the final four, pouring in 33 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. He followed this up to the tune of 20 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in the title game.

Anthony's a lock for the top three spots in the NBA draft. Some analysts are even saying that he could go higher than heralded Lebron James after the tournament Anthony has had.

With riches staring him in the face and nothing left to prove on the college basketball court, the only thing holding Anthony back would be academics. While this is a noble chase for scholarly excellence, let's be realistic: Anthony wasn't even considered for the Naismith Award because he averaged failed to top 2.0.

Anthony did everything he was hyped to do as the No. 1 recruit out of high school. He's an all around player that can score from the post, on the drive and with his shot. He's not afraid to crash the boards and approaches the game with a friendly disposition. Coaches have said he's a pleasure to be around and he's gained the respect of teammates and opponents.

With that said, Anthony gave Syracuse a great ride. Now he's up for a new challenge, in the NBA.

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