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- Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to Earth Day!
The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970. Prior to this, there was virtually no environmental movement. Factories pumped toxins into the air, recycling was almost non-existent, and gas guzzling vehicles were the norm. The seeds of the modern movement had been planted, however, with the publishing of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring in 1962. This book raised the public's awareness of pollution and its effect on health. In 1969, water pollution and chemical waste disposal came to the attention of the public, after the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland caught fire.
Democratic Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin was deeply concerned about environmental issues. After witnessing the Santa Barbara oil spill in 1969, he began planning for the first Earth Day. This was during the time of Vietnam War protests and teach-ins, and Nelson thought he could bring the problems of pollution into the public consciousness by organizing similar types of teach-ins. He hoped that by shining a spotlight on environmental issues in this way, there may be a chance of bringing them into the realm of national priorities, where they had yet to be seen. He announced Earth Day at a conference in Seattle in September of 1969.
Syracuse Basketball: In final ESPN 100, only one 2022 commit makes cut (itlh; Adler)
ESPN has published its final set of 2022 player rankings of the top-100 prospects in this class, and Syracuse basketball signees didn’t get a ton of love in these ratings.
In all fairness, though, multiple Orange 2022 commits just missed the cut in the ESPN 100. And the team’s most recent commit, guard Judah Mintz, was highly placed by this recruiting service.
As I always like to say, recruiting rankings from ESPN and other services are good for context in stories, but the lack of inclusion for the ‘Cuse signees by ESPN doesn’t in any way signify that the Orange’s six-member 2022 class isn’t really, really good.
The 6-foot-3 Mintz, out of Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., chose Syracuse basketball over DePaul, Wake Forest and N.C. State at the end of March.
In ESPN’s 2022 rankings, Mintz checks in as four stars, No. 33 nationally and No. 7 at shooting guard. Let me repeat. The ‘Cuse has a top-10 shooting guard across the country within the squad’s 2022 cycle.
Let’s see where other Syracuse basketball 2022 commits are rated by ESPN.
For reference, the No. 100 prospect in ESPN’s ratings is given a scout grade of 82. Orange 2022 signees who also received a scout grade of 82 are small forward Chris Bunch, shooting guard/small forward Justin Taylor and point guard Quadir Copeland.
Three Syracuse Basketball Recruits Land in Final 2022 SI-99 Rankings | Sports Illustrated Syracuse Orange News, Analysis and More (SI; McAllister)
Syracuse basketball's 2022 recruiting class is one of the best and deepest in the country. SI All-American released its final SI-99 for the 2022 cycle and three of the Orange's signees made the list. Those three are as follows:
Guard Judah Mintz: #33
Guard Justin Taylor: #81
Forward Chris Bunch: #97
Syracuse signees Quadir Copeland, Maliq Brown and Peter Carey did not make the cut. Here is a look at the entire class.
Player: Judah Mintz
Position: Combo Guard
Height/Weight: 6-3, 170 lbs
Commitment Quote: "It was just a great opportunity for me to come and be able to play to make an impact as a freshman," Mintz said. "I had a really good connection with coach Red Autry and with coach Boeheim too. Everything just came into play and that was the best fit for me."
Evaluation: "He's got a lot of strengths. He's really good off the dribble. He's a really good shooter even though he doesn't shoot a lot of three pointers, but his percentages are really high. I joked with him one time at practice, 'what's it like to be such a great three point shooter for no reason?' He's a really good three point shooter and you'll see it. He's a good, instinctive defender. He's good at getting easy buckets, knowing when to leak out to get easy buckets. His weakness is sometimes he can overcomplicate the game. He can dribble too much or make things more difficult than they need to be. But when he plays a simple game, he's really, really good. Like tonight, we lost but he had like 21 (points) and seven (assists). He played really well. It was so simple. When he keeps it simple he's a five star, no question." -- Oak Hill Player Development Coach Mike Lee
Player: Quadir Copeland
Position: Point Guard
Height/Weight: 6-6, 175 lbs
Commitment Quote: "Just the best fit in my eyes. To take my game and just really be myself. Coach Boeheim, Hall of Fame coach. Coach G-Mac, that's my guy. He's really going to be able to help me with my weaknesses. To play with a shooting guard like Justin Taylor and a guy like Kamari (Lands), that's a really nice team coming in, in 22."
Evaluation: "Quadir is a physically imposing guard who uses elite shiftiness and quickness to get into the lane at will,. He can play both guard positions because of his scoring ability, but he’s got great vision in the drive. He’s adept at taking the bump and finishing through contact, but doubles as a hound on defense, pestering opposing guards for 94 feet." -- SI All American's Jason Jordan
Locked On Syracuse - Daily Podcast On Syracuse Orange Football & Basketball (aubible.com; podcast; Locked on Syracuse)
The final ESPN recruit rankings for 2022are out and Syracuse basketball fans might be disappointed with the results. Brad Klein gives his reaction to only one of the six members getting top-100 recognition.
Plus, the NFL Draft is under a week away, and the preview ramp-up is underway.
Find out which Syracuse football player has the best chance of hearing their name called.
Meanwhile, Syracuse football's recruiting may have turned a corner without landing a big-name. Head Coach Dino Babers needed his light-bulb moment, and he got it...
Syracuse Basketball: Orange is aiming for big-time things in the 2024 cycle (itlh; Adler)
Syracuse basketball and other squads around the country are kicking into high gear as it relates to their recruiting efforts with the 2024 recruiting class, and the Orange already has doled out some huge scholarship offers.
Of course, offering a top-flight prospect is one thing, but landing that said elite player is another thing altogether. Still, I credit the ‘Cuse coaching staff for seemingly aiming sky-high in 2024.
According to media reports and recruiting services, it appears that Syracuse basketball has offered at least a half-dozen guys in this cycle, while showing interest so far in a few others.
What’s more, on June 15 of this year, I believe that Orange coaches and their peers nationwide will be able to start making direct contact with 2024 high-school prospects, and that certainly could lead to more offers handed out by the ‘Cuse.
Let’s examine some Syracuse basketball recruits in 2024 at this juncture.
Since players in the 2024 class only recently finished up their sophomore years of high school or prep school, their recruiting processes could have a long way to go.
However, by my count, the Orange’s offers and interest include seven prospects in the top-75 nationally, six in the top-35 overall, and four in the top-10 across the country.
I’m basing my data here on 2024 national ratings from the industry-generated 247Sports Composite, by the way.
We just reported earlier this week that Syracuse basketball has offered five-star Ian Jackson, a 6-foot-6 guard out of Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx, N.Y.
Jackson is No. 2 nationally, per the 247Sports Composite, and he was recently named the national sophomore of the year for the 2021-22 campaign, according to MaxPreps.
At No. 6 nationwide is five-star Elliot Cadeau, who attends Bergen Catholic High School in Oradell, N.J. The 6-foot-1 Cadeau, offered by the ‘Cuse last November, is rated the No. 1 point guard in this class, according to multiple recruiting services.
Syracuse men’s basketball left out of Lunardi’s 2023 NCAA Tournament projections (TNIAAM; Wall & McCaulsky)
In the aftermath of a disappointing 16-17 season and losing three starters key to the professional ranks; the Syracuse Orange aren’t projected to make next year’s NCAA Tournament based on Joe Lunardi’s early bracketology projections.
Syracuse’s favorite bracketologist doesn’t have the Orange listed among his 68 team field nor the eight teams on the wrong side of the bubble. He does have six ACC teams projected to receive bids which puts the conference one behind the Big Ten, SEC and Big 12 while one ahead of the Big East and Pac 12.2023 NCAA Tournament Bracketology NCAA Bracketology -- Projecting the 2023 March Madness men's field
— Joe Lunardi (@ESPNLunardi) April 19, 2022
Lunardi thinks that UNC (2 seed), Duke (3 seed), Virginia (8 seed), Virginia Tech (11 seed), Florida State (11 seed), Notre Dame (11 seed and in a play-in game) will make the field and that Clemson will be on the Next Four Out list. He has Kentucky, Houston, Baylor and UCLA as his early selections to be the top four seeds.
We don’t know much about Syracuse 2022-23 non-conference schedule but Lunardi has Colgate (15 seed) as the Patriot League auto-qualifier and of the teams in the 2022 Empire Classic, St. John’s appears on his Next Four Out list. With seven Big 10 teams in the projected field and Wisconsin on the First Four Out, it’s possible the Orange could see a tournament team in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. In case you were wondering, Iona (14 seed) is also projected as an auto-qualifier while Georgetown still sucks.
Obviously there’s still a lot of roster uncertainty with transfer athletes and players potentially staying in the NBA Draft, but it gives a very early thought about the perception of next year’s squad. With six incoming freshman on next year’s roster, the Orange will be a relatively young team. Can the returning rotation members and newcomers replace the production of Buddy Boeheim, Jimmy Boeheim, and Cole Swider?
Oct. 14, 2014; Syracuse, New York, USA; Former Syracuse forward Jerami Grant (L) and guard Michael Carter-Williams (R) sit on the sideline during a Philadelphia 76ers preseason game at The Carrier Dome. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kicia Sears, The Juice Online.
Syracuse in the NBA: Carmelo Anthony, Jerami Grant on the move? - The Juice Online (the juice; Dagostino)
The NBA playoffs are well underway, but five Syracuse alums aren’t involved this year. With their season’s completed, let’s see how they fared…
Carmelo Anthony. Now in the twilight of his career (19th season), Anthony finished the season averaging 13.3 ppg, and 4.2 rpg in 26.0 mpg. He proved he can still provide a nice offensive spark off the bench, but it likely won’t be for the Lakers next year. As we all saw, the Lakers were perhaps the most disappointing team in the NBA last year, finishing 33-49 and outside of the playoff picture. Anthony figures to be on the move again in the offseason as he chases that ever elusive NBA ring.
Oshae Brissett. Brissett started the season as a fringe rotational player for the Pacers, but with Indiana entering full rebuild mode, he was inserted into the starting lineup, and took full advantage. Brissett surged at the end of the season, averaging 17.6 ppg and 7.6 rpg through the month of April. He played in 67 games, starting 25 of them, and appears to be a firm NBA rotational player for years to come.
Michael Carter-Williams. Carter-Williams had surgery on his left ankle in August, and has not stepped foot on a court since then. The Magic, his home since 2019, waived him in February, and one has to wonder how much mileage he has left given he’s only played 104 games in the previous four seasons.
Jerami Grant. Grant missed the first part of the season because of an injury, but played 47 games the rest of the year, averaging 19.2 ppg and 4.1 rpg. He’s the most talked about trade asset on the Pistons roster because of his expiring contract following the 2023 season and Detroit’s struggles (23-59). But the Pistons have some intriguing roster pieces, including overall 2021 No. 1 pick Cade Cunningham, Saddiq Bey, and Marvin Bagley III. Plus, GM Troy Weaver, the ex-Syracuse assistant coach, will once again be drafting from the lottery this year. They may want Grant to stick around to form a promising nucleus that can compete sooner rather than later.
Elijah Hughes. Hughes was traded from the Jazz to the rebuilding Trail Blazers, and got an opportunity to play a little more toward the end of the season. In the last nine games, Hughes played double digit minutes in seven of them. Still, he couldn’t take advantage of the increased playing time, shooting just 29.2 percent from the field in April. He finished with averages of 3.5 ppg and 1.6 rpg, and will be fighting for a rotational spot heading into next season.
Syracuse University rower Emma Gossman (third from left, with dark glasses, navy long sleeves, black watch) during a women's rowing practice on Onondaga Lake. Michael J. Okoniewski | SU Athletic CommunicationsMichael J. Okoniewski
SU rower Emma Gossman designs program to provide healthy food on Syracuse's north side (PS; Ditota)
The senior resume of Emma Gossman reads like a recruiter’s dream.
She’s co-captain of the Syracuse University women’s rowing team. She’s co-president of SU’s Academic Advisory Council, a group of coach-nominated athletes that helps decide policy and acts as a liaison between athletes, administrators and the ACC. She’s involved in SU’s Diversity and Inclusion Student-Athlete Board. She routinely makes the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll.
“That’s the person she is,” SU rowing coach Luke McGee said. “She’s pretty well-rounded.”
Gossman, a dual major in major in Biology and Citizenship and Civic Engagement (CCE), wants to be a doctor when her college career concludes. Her freshman year, she enrolled in a CCE program that encourages its students to locate problems in the city of Syracuse and figure out ways to solve them.
“I took a few medical anthropology courses,” Gossman said. “One we did was on food insecurity in Syracuse. I’ve been passionate about it because it’s the most basic thing and one of the great equalizers in a community. It really starts with having healthy food. It affects long-term health.”
Gossman’s passion has edged past the theoretical and moved into the practical.
Last summer, to prepare for her senior year capstone project at SU, she contacted the Northeast Community Center (SNCC) to offer nutritional help for the center’s food pantry patrons. She wanted to steer pantry customers away from processed, high-sodium options too many shoppers were choosing and instead offer healthier, but still palatable, alternatives. Down the road, she reasoned, people who ate better sustained better overall health.