Carmelo Anthony's Team Melo joins Nike EYBL circuit

Carmelo Anthony's Team Melo joins Nike EYBL circuit

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Carmelo Anthony's Team Melo joins Nike EYBL circuit

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony. (Photo: USA Today Sports)

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony. (Photo: USA Today Sports)

Team Melo, the grassroots basketball program sponsored by Carmelo Anthony in his hometown of Baltimore, has joined the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League, officials announced.

Baltimore was unrepresented last summer in the EYBL with Baltimore Elite having played in 2015. The move gives the DMV area  — (D.C., Maryland, Virginia) — three teams with Team Takeover in D.C. and Boo Williams in Virginia.

Team Melo is led by talented players such as Maryland commit Darryl Morsell of Mount St. Joseph High (Md.), Temple commit Devondre Perry of Poly High (Md.) and uncommitted Andre Rafus, who is from West Baltimore but plays for Roselle Catholic (N.J.).

“We would like to thanks NIKE, Carmelo Anthony, & Jordan Brand for allowing us to provide a stage for our student athletes of Baltimore,” Team Melo director Robert Frazier said in a statement. “We are truly humbled to say we are officially part of the EYBL.”

Team Melo becomes the second program to join the EYBL. The Portland Basketball Club announced its plans this week. The team will be led on the court by 6-9 forward Kamaka Hepa, a two-time Gatorade Player of the Year who is transferring to Jefferson High in Portland.

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