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- Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to National Creamsicle Day!
In 1905, eleven-year-old Frank Epperson encased vanilla ice cream inside of frozen fruit juice and called it an Epsicle. His creation is similar to what we now call a Creamsicle, the cool treat which we celebrate today. The Creamsicle has a flat bar shape with rounded ends, vanilla cream at its center, and a fruity ice covering. Because of its two main components, it is sometimes known as a 50-50 bar. The classic flavor is orange, but it comes in a variety of flavors, including raspberry, lime, cherry, grape, and blueberry. It is also available in healthier options, such as low-fat, low-calorie, or sugar-free.
Syracuse Freshmen shine in Italy, which stars caught our attention (cnycentral.com; Tamurian)
It's exactly why Syracuse Basketball is on this current trip to Italy.
The Orange is replacing four starters and breaking in five freshmen for the 2019-2020 season. Every bit of experience will pay major dividends between now and the season opener, especially into March.
With that in mind, and Marek Dolezaj not playing during the trip with a broken finger, Jim Boeheim is giving his new players a good hard look to try and gauge his roster this winter.
"I think really, all these guys, showed some really positive things" Boeheim said.
Here's a quick glance at the four freshmen that the Orange played in the first Italian exhibition game Monday. Reminder, John Bol Ajak is not with the team, remaining in Syracuse with visa issues.
So many close to the Syracuse program have told me not to sleep on the freshman combo guard and even with one small sample in an exhibition game it's easy to see why. Goodine scored 11 points while shooting 3/9 from three-point range in 19 minutes. It's easy to look at a box score and make an assumption, but to look deeper at Goodine is even more exciting.
He showed no nerves whatsoever, playing the point on occasion and the off guard too, he was aggressive in all facets of the game. Jim Boeheim admits Goodine isn't "quite ready" just yet, it's easy to envision that he will be by the time the season rolls around. He showed a slashing ability that was a welcome sight and again, there may be some work to do but Brycen should see the floor in November. Goodine comes from St. Andrew's School in Barrington, Rhode Island. That's the same school that produced former Orange stars Michael Carter-Williams and Demetris Nichols.
"I think Bryson did some good things, he’s talented, he’s just not quite ready yet. But he did a lot of good things. I’ll really like it when we get John back and Marek, I think that will make a big difference in our team" said Boeheim.
Joe Girard III:
JG3 comes into Central New York with a ton of hype and again, while it's one exhibition game, you can see the raw talent that will no doubt develop. Girard finished 2-4 from three point range for his six points in a 69-59 win over the Varese All-Stars. What's most impressive about Girard III's efforts is the versatility we noticed. Not only can he shoot the lights out with the best of them but he showed genuine vision for his teammates moving without the ball, as evidenced by a couple of perfect looks to fellow freshmen Quincy Guerrier and Jesse Edwards for easy buckets. Girard III primarily played off the ball, but did bring it across half court in that exhibition and could be on the ball, if needed. You shouldn't have thought this- but if you thought Joe could only spot up and shoot- think again.
Syracuse Basketball finds a diamond in the rough recruit from Canada that is physically imposing and will help the Orange right away.
Syracuse's Brycen Goodine scores 11, wows media in exhibition game in Italy (southcoasttoday.com; Kurie)
Brycen Goodine’s Syracuse debut couldn’t have gone much better.
From the rave reviews on Twitter to the impressive stat line, the true freshman proved his place in the college basketball world while playing in Vedano Olona, Italy.
With the team on an international summer trip, Goodine was one of four freshman to suit up for Jim Boeheim’s Orangemen in a 69-59 exhibition win over the Varese All-Stars on Monday at the Centro Sportivo Mario Sporto.
With only one returning starter, Elijah Hughes, playing, the 6-foot-4 Goodine got 19 minutes of run and even started the second half. He finished with 11 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals, while hitting a trio of 3-pointers and finishing 4-of-11 from the field and 3-of-9 from deep.
But more telling than his numbers was the praise Goodine earned from those who cover the team.
“A word to the wise on Goodine: Buy Stock Now,” CBS Sports and Sports Illustrated’s Jon Rothstein wrote on Twitter.
“Brycen has been aggressive hunting for his shot and pushing the ball,” wrote Donna Ditota, Syracuse men’s basketball beat writer for Syracuse.com.
“Brycen Goodine is the real deal and getting more comfortable as the game goes on,” was the reaction of Niko Tamurian of CNY Central.
His colleague, Matt Hauswirth of CNY Central, wrote: ”(I) like the way Brycen Goodine played.”
Goodine played most of his minutes at point guard. He scored his first basket in the first quarter when he got ahead of the fastbreak for a layup. He hit his first 3-pointer to open the second half, then drained two more, including one in the fourth to extend Syracuse’s lead to 64-55.
While Boeheim didn’t mention Goodine by name in his postgame press scrum, he did praise the play of his guards.
“I think all the guards contributed to some extent,” he told Syracuse.com. “I thought, obviously, Quincy (Guerrier) and Buddy (Boeheim) have a little more experience and had a little better first half. Quincy and Joe (Girard) had a real nice start to the second half. I think they showed some positive things.”
Goodine was one of four freshmen to play their first unofficial game for Syrcause on Monday. Guerrier had nine points and eight rebounds, Girard had six points and Jesse Edwards grabbed seven rebounds.
While Goodine has only been on campus for a couple of weeks’ worth of practice and this international trip to Italy, he has already received a nickname.
Syracuse Basketball: Former Orange guard Frank Howard inks pro deal (itlh; Adler)
Frank Howard, a former point guard for the Syracuse basketball outfit, has agreed to a contract with a professional squad in Europe.
Frank Howard, whose tenure with the Syracuse basketball crew ended this past spring, has reportedly signed a contract with a professional unit in Hungary. On Tuesday, Mike Waters of Syracuse.com published an article saying that Howard has agreed to suit up for Atomeromu SE.
According to the Waters’ piece, Howard confirmed this development via text message. First and foremost, a huge congrats to Howard, and let’s all wish him well in his new endeavor!
Howard had previously sent out a tweet on August 6 with the phrase “Signed & Sealed,” accompanied by Hungary’s flag. Additionally, his name and photo are listed under the “starting five” category on this Web site.Per Waters, Atomeromu SE, also known as ASE, is in Paks, Hungary. The team competes in Nemzeti Bajnokság I/A, which Waters describes as “the highest professional league in Hungary.” There’s another New York connection to Atomeromu SE, as former Buffalo guy Jeremy Harris is on the roster, writes Waters.Howard began his ‘Cuse career in the 2015-16 stanza, when the Orange, as a No. 10 seed, went on a magical run to the Final Four, ultimately falling to North Carolina in the national semi-finals. As a sophomore, Howard, unfortunately, struggled a bit and would relinquish the starting point-guard role to graduate transfer John Gillon. SU got bounced in the NIT’s second round that year.
ACC Basketball: Top returning player for each team in 2019-20 (bustingbrackets.com; DiSturco)
Along with outstanding young freshmen, don’t overlook the returning talent for ACC Basketball. Here’s a look at the best for each program.
Each season in the increasingly common one-and-done era of college basketball, the best teams normally experience constant turnover. The top teams in ACC Basketball, arguably the most competitive in the NCAA, suffer the most from this compared to its lesser conference foes. Success often translates to the NBA, and it’s almost become an expectation in 2019.
That, paired with the seniors who have graduated, often leads to teams relying on a younger player to step up and become a leader. It seems like each year teams are forced to find a new go-to scorer, and very rarely is it a newcomer. Oftentimes it’s a player who knows the system and has put in the work over the last couple of years.
Virginia Tech lost its top five returning scorers from a season ago, there’s no more Zion Williamson terrorizing the ACC and only one starter returns to North Carolina. Even Syracuse and Clemson, the ACC’s middle-of-the-pack teams, lost its top two players.
Which players are expected to step up and lead some of these new-look rosters? Who will Virginia rely on as it looks to remain at the top despite its three-headed monster of Ty Jerome, Kyle Guy and De’Andre Hunter heading for the NBA?
Here’s a breakdown of each ACC team’s top returning player for the 2019-20 season, starting in reverse order of last year’s standings. These are the players that will be relied on heavily to come up clutch in crunch time and pull off big wins en route to a hopeful NCAA Tournament berth.
Jackets Claim 3rd win in Spain, 102-86 (ramblinwreck.com)
Evan Cole scored 19 points to lead seven Yellow Jackets in double-figure scoring Tuesday, carrying Georgia Tech past the Spain All-Stars, 102-86, in Madrid in the Jackets’ third game on their eight-day tour of Spain. Tech improved to 3-0 on its trip, with the final game set for Thursday at noon (local time).
It was the Yellow Jackets’ highest-scoring game yet against a Spanish collection reputed to be stronger than the contingent they faced in Barcelona. Tech connected on 12 of 31 three-point field goal attempts (39 percent) and shot 46.8 percent overall in the game as they continued to work on playing at a faster pace.
Cole, a junior forward who has worked a lot this summer on playing the “5” position as a backup to returning starter James Banks III, scored at least one basket in each quarter, connecting on 6 of 13 shots from the floor, including a three-pointer, and 4-of-4 from the foul line, in the game. He jammed on a fast break for the basket that put Tech at 100 points.
NC State in good shape with some top 2020 prospects (backingthepack.com; Muma)
In his mailbag column on Tuesday, Rivals recruiting analyst Corey Evans offered some thoughts on NC State’s recruiting efforts for 2020 and I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Kevin Keatts is in position to land a couple blue-chip prospects. Maybe because I don’t follow recruiting closely.
Evans predicts that NC State will land two of those three. Sounds good! Let’s do that. That’d make for an excellent class and also help calm some of the folks who might be feeling a little antsy about Keatts’ recruiting efforts up to this point.Kevin Keatts would love close out his 2020 class with Cam Thomas, Cam Hayes and Josh Hall. Nick Farrar’s commitment didn’t cause a giant commotion in the recruiting world last week, but he is the type of big man that programs need in order to have success at the highest level. He is tough, hard-nosed and will do the little things.
Thomas is a consensus five-star shooting guard prospect who plays at Oak Hill in Virginia. Oak Hill head coach Steve Smith is a friend of Keatts’, which probably doesn’t hurt. Probably more important, I’m just guessing, is the potential playing time that will be available in the backcourt.
Hayes is a four-star point guard out of Greensboro who is currently in the 2021 class but could (will?) re-classify to 2020 if he wants to. Hall is a four-star small forward from Durham.
All three guys are ranked in the top-50 nationally.
ESPN Releases New College Basketball 'Way Too Early' Top 25 (thespunc.om; Lyons)
There are just a few weeks until the start of college football season. College basketball is right on its heels.
Right now, we’re starting to hear murmurs from practice about some top teams. A few schools have taken international tours and are playing scrimmage games this month.
There are still some top players weighing options, which could shake up the sport a bit. The most prominent is five-star N’Faly Dante, a 2020 recruit who can reclassify to 2019 and play this year.
He is believed to be down to Kentucky and Oregon, two programs already on the list. ESPN‘s Jeff Borzello acknowledged the potential addition for both schools in his updated “way too early top 25” rankings.
Before next month’s update, we should have news on five-star center N’Faly Dante, whose potential upcoming decision could impact Kentucky and Oregon. The top-10 recruit can reclassify and play immediately this fall. We will discuss him further in their individual sections, but he would be enough to move Kentucky to No. 2 and Oregon comfortably inside the top 15.
Here is the Top 10 schools in ESPN’s latest “way too early” rankings ahead of college basketball season.As things stand now, Kentucky sits at No. 3 in the country, while Oregon, coming off of an up-and-down regular season followed by a surprising run to the Sweet 16, is at No. 17.
The Michigan State Spartans hold on to the No. 1 spot this month.
2. KansasThe Spartans haven’t moved from this spot since the season ended, and it’s unlikely they’ll enter the 2019-20 campaign with anything but the No. 1 ranking. That ranking will be tested immediately, as Michigan State opens the season against Kentucky in the Champions Classic in Madison Square Garden. The point guard matchup between Cassius Winston and Ashton Hagans will likely dictate the game, but keep an eye on Xavier Tillman. He’s the type of player who can give Kentucky problems up front.
8. North Carolina
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