Anthony clearly better choice due to collegiate experience

Carmelo Anthony, without a doubt, should be the first pick in the NBA draft because he has proven himself against the best college basketball players in the country.

Anthony was the NCAA’s freshman of the year, most outstanding player of the final four and led his team to a NCAA Championship in his freshman year. Not to mention, if he wasn’t a freshman, he would have been the player of the year.

Anthony was a kid outplaying men who were conference players of the year, while James was a man playing against boys.

Anthony does it all. He scores in the paint and from the three-point range. He also has ball-handling and rebounding skills, and he dishes out assists.

During the regular season, he averaged 22 points and 10 rebounds a game. In his final three games he averaged 24 points and 11 rebounds.

Still can’t decide? Well this is how you pick between Anthony and James.

First, you have to decide if you want to fill seats in your arena and continue to lose. Or if you want to field a winning team within the next couple of years.

For option one, pick Lebron James. For he is more marketable since he is a high school prodigy and will fill the arena.

But if you want to win and want to continue to fill seats as you win, pick Anthony, who has a championship ring on his finger, and it’s not from high school.

Travon McCall, 19, is a sophomore broadcast journalism student from Clinton, Md. He can be reached at