Carmelo Anthony.

The woman at the center of the Carmelo and La La Anthony split is a coed from Chicago — and now she’s pregnant with a baby they believe is his.

Mia Angel Burks, who graduated from Northwestern University with a master’s degree in health communication last year, started seeing the 10-time All-Star in Chicago last summer.

It’s unclear when she got pregnant, but Melo, who is splitting from his wife La La, believes the baby is his and is “taking care” of 24-year-old Burks until a paternity test can be performed. The pair planned to deal with the baby quietly — but one of Burks’ former pals claims to have leaked her name to a blog to set the record straight after false reports emerged that Melo had gotten a stripper pregnant. That ex-friend, Anthony Jacobs, told a Chicago radio station this week that Melo and Burks fell for each other at a nightclub in the Windy City. 

He says, “Mia met Carmelo at Room Seven, a club in Chicago when he was here for the NBA draft doing press.  She’s not a stripper… she works in education setting up programs.

“I’ve known that [they’ve dated] for some months now,” he added.Jacobs alleged that Burks would fly to New York to see Anthony on her own dime — and said La La likely didn’t know a thing about it. Carmelo wasn’t taking her serious to the point where she started to buy her own plane tickets to go see him.”

Jacobs added that he heard about Burks’ pregnancy through mutual friends, and said she never intended to harm Anthony’s marriage.

“Mia seems low-key and doesn’t obsess over Carmelo. There are some girls who become obsessed with the players, that’s not the case with [her].

”Still, “if the players don’t want to have any issues [with women they hook up with], they’ll set something up and take care of the girl — especially if the girl says she’s pregnant.”

“A lawyer or an agent will come in, take care of the girl until the baby comes, and then they’ll do a paternity test. It’s all usually quiet.”

Meanwhile, TMZ reports that before tying the knot in 2010, Anthony and La La signed a prenuptial agreement that would protect his millions should they divorce. Anthony is in the middle of a five-year, $124 million contract, and has raked in more than $200 million during his basketball career.