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Aug 15, 2011

Welcome to Great Lakes Awareness Day!

Great Lakes Awareness Day celebrates the Great Lakes and highlights the issues they face, and how the lakes can be preserved. Events for the day have involved organizations such as schools, aquariums, and museums. There is not much information available online about how the day is celebrated or how it came to be.

There are five Great Lakes: Superior, Huron, Michigan, Ontario, and Erie. Together they make up the largest body of freshwater on Earth and stretch 750 miles from east to west. They are located on the border of the United States and Canada and touch the states of Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, New York, and Pennsylvania. It is believed that at one time the Great Lakes were covered by a glacier—it receded towards Canada and left depressions filled with water.

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Syracuse Basketball: 5-star guard says SU was dream school growing up (itlh; Adler)

I have no idea if 2024 five-star shooting guard Isaiah Elohim might have any interest in Syracuse basketball as his potential collegiate destination, and we’ll have to see if the Orange coaching staff might consider doling out a scholarship offer to the elite 6-foot-5 prospect.

However, Elohim did say in a recent interview that his dream school growing up was the ‘Cuse, and that’s pretty darn cool! Elohim is on the west coast these days, although from some media reports I came across, it seems he is originally from Kingston, N.Y., which is about an hour south of Albany.

According to a recent Q&A that Elohim conducted with scouting service Pro Insight, he averaged more than 20 points per game as a freshman for the Heritage Christian School in Northridge, Calif.

This past year, as a sophomore during the 2021-22 campaign, he suited up for the Sierra Canyon School in Chatsworth, Calif., and Elohim plays in AAU events for the San Fernando Valley, Calif.-based Paul George Elite in Nike’s EYBL league.

I’d love to see Syracuse basketball offer five-star guard Isaiah Elohim.

Elohim, in the Pro Insight interview, said that when he was growing up, “My dream school was Syracuse, just from being from around there and wanting to really just be on that campus and get to feel what it feels like to be at Syracuse.”
By the way, one of his teammates at the Sierra Canyon School is 2024 five-star guard Trentyn Flowers, who has reportedly received some level of interest from the Orange coaching staff.

Getting back to Elohim, he is rated as five stars by most of the primary recruiting services, and he’s also a consensus top-10 overall player in the 2024 cycle.

At present, ESPN has him the highest on a national scale, at No. 2 across the country.

In reviewing the main recruiting Web sites, some of Elohim’s early offers include from Kansas, UCLA, Southern California, Oregon, Texas, Arizona, Arizona State and Mike Hopkins-led Washington.

Syracuse basketball enters the recruitment of fast-rising, explosive wing (itlh; Adler)

An explosive-scoring wing in the junior class who significantly boosted his stock during the recent live period has received a scholarship offer from Syracuse basketball.

Three-star Kaden Cooper, a 6-foot-6 guard/small forward who is from Oklahoma and suits up for a prep team in Atlanta, recently said on Twitter that he landed an Orange offer.

According to multiple national recruiting analysts, Cooper is one of the hottest prospects around the country in the 2023 class, after he put forth strong performances on the AAU circuit in April.

After a great conversation with Coach Griffin I’m blessed to say I’ve received an offer from Syracuse University #AGTG @coach_griffin1 @Cuse_MBB @boogclay @teamtraeyoungmb @TreyScotti @TSFPrepHS
— 4 (@kaden580) April 29, 2022

It’s really encouraging to see the ‘Cuse coaching staff get into the mix for Cooper, although competition for him will prove fierce, as he boasts at least 20 offers and additional interest from some big-time college programs, per media reports and recruiting services.

Syracuse basketball is one of many high-majors to offer talented wing Kaden Cooper.

In the 2021-22 campaign, Cooper suited up for The Skill Factory in Atlanta. He previously competed for Ada High School in Ada, Okla., and Cooper is a member of the Oklahoma-based Team Trae Young on the AAU circuit in the Adidas league.

About a week ago, the second of two live periods was held in several locations around the country, as college coaches, analysts, scouts and others could watch high-school prospects play in person.

In this most recent live period, the Adidas league held its AAU contests in Spartanburg, S.C. Some experts note that Cooper may have helped raise his stock on a national scale as much as, or even more than, any other prospect who competed in Spartanburg.

Syracuse Basketball: Benny Williams ‘going to shock the world,’ JB says (itlh; Adler)

This past Saturday, Syracuse basketball freshman forward Benny Williams celebrated his birthday, and he got a nice gift from head coach Jim Boeheim, in my humble opinion.

The 6-foot-8 Williams, a Bowie, Md., native who came to the Hill last summer as a highly rated 2021 prospect out of the powerhouse IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., didn’t play much during his freshman season for the Orange, and that was a topic of much debate throughout the 2021-22 stanza among ‘Cuse fans.

Join us in wishing @_bennywilliams a happy birthday!
— Syracuse Men’s Basketball (@Cuse_MBB) April 30, 2022

As I’ve opined for a while now, I believe that Williams is poised to make a huge leap as a sophomore for the Orange in the 2022-23 term, similar to former ‘Cuse stars such as Dion Waiters and Michael Carter-Williams in the last decade or so.

Regarding Williams and what Syracuse basketball coaches are expecting of him in 2022-23, it appears that Boeheim shares my sentiments about this fine young man.
Syracuse basketball forward Benny Williams is going to shine, his head coach says.

On Saturday, when Williams had his birthday and the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation held its 2022 Basket Ball Gala at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y., Jim Boeheim had some interesting and encouraging things to say about Benny Williams.

Check this out. “We’re very happy to have this young man back. He’s going to shock the world with what he can do. It’s his birthday today and I can tell you we’re so happy Benny Williams is coming back next year.”
That’s a quote from Boeheim, according to a tweet from Tommy Sladek, the sports director at CNY Central.

“We’re very happy to have this young man back. He’s going to shock the world with what he can do. It’s his birthday today and I can tell you we’re so happy Benny Williams is coming back next year.”
-Jim Boeheim
— Tommy CNY (@TommySladek) May 1, 2022

Syracuse basketball provides intriguing huge man who watched throughout stay interval - Netstreaming (

According to recruiting services, Syracuse basketball coaches have offered scholarships to nearly 20 high-school players in the 2023 class.

While several Orange recruits in this cycle seemed to have emerged as priority targets in 2023at least in my humble opinion, the ‘Cuse coaching staff does continue to dole out offers to prospects in this class.

Just in the last few days, Syracuse basketball coaches have offered two additional 2023 players who have fared quite well of late on the AAU circuit during NCAA live periods where college coaches, recruitings, scouts and others could watch them compete in person.

One of those Orange offers went out to 2023 three-star Kaden Coopera 6-foot-6 guard/small forward who attends The Skill Factory in Atlanta and plays for Oklahoma-based Team Trae Young in the Adidas league on the grassroots basketball circuit.

The second offer handed out by the ‘Cuse went to 6-foot-10 Tafara Gapare, a 2023 power forward originally from Wellington, New Zealand.

Gapare is out of the South Kent School in South Kent, Conn., and suits up in AAU competitions for the Baltimore-based Team Melo in Nike’s EYBL league.

Let’s take a closer look at new Syracuse basketball recruit Tafara Gapare.

A tweet from South Kent School head coach Raphael Chillious says that the Orange was among the teams that watched players from this prep squad During open-gym availability this past week at the South Kent School.

last weekend, according to a tweet from national analyst Travis GrafSyracuse basketball was among those that checked out Team Melo during the live period when EYBL contests were held in the Indianapolis area.

In a recent tweet, scout Ari Rosenfeld said that Gapare has proven “of the bigger winners of the April recruiting periods.” While Gapare isn’t presently ranked on a national scale by the primary recruiting services, I could envision that changing at some point in the near future.

According to a recent article from Mike McAllisterthe fabulous publisher of SyracuseOnSI, Gapare was originally in the 2022 class, then he reclassified to 2023, and he might have the option to reclassify back to the 2022 cycle if he so chooses.

Under his bio on the 247Sports Web site, it appears that at one time Gapare was committed to George Washington, but he de-committed from the Colonials in November of 2021according to 247Sports.

Besides the Orange, to date, his other offers include from Rutgers, Maryland, Arizona State, DePaul, Pittsburgh, Missouri, Virginia Tech and Xavier, per recruiting services and Gapare’s own Twitter page.

As I’ve opened lately, Syracuse basketball coaches do a really fine job of identifying under-the-radar prospects who eventually see their recruitments blow upand that absolutely could be the case with Gapare.

We’ll keep a close eye on his recruiting process moving forward.


Syracuse University to rename the Carrier Dome - what name would fans choose? (; Wight)

Syracuse University announced that starting May 1, the university has the option to change the name of the Carrier Dome after 42 years. If it were up to fans to decide, there's a whole host of new options to choose from, but experts say given the millions of dollars involved in naming rights deals, it would be surprising if JMA Wireless isn't incorporated into the stadium name.

"I think brands look for the naming rights for a number of different reasons," said Syracuse University Advertising Professor Beth Egan, "You're trying to reach as many people as 'we' can with 'our' message, getting your name on a stadium, on a ballpark, that's an opportunity for the name to be repeated time and time again across a lot of different media."

This comes after sports publication "Sportico" reported the news on April 15, suggesting the stadium will be renamed after JMA Wireless, a tech manufacturing company that is building a large campus in Syracuse.



Miss USA contestant Billie LaRae Owens is pictured with her father, Syracuse basketball legend Billy Owens. (Provided photo)

Miss USA contestant Billie Owens gets competitive spirit from Syracuse basketball legend dad (PS; Herbert)

Syracuse University alumna Billie LaRaé Owens is ready to compete for Miss USA.

Owens, the daughter of Syracuse basketball legend Billy Owens, was crowned Miss Pennsylvania 2022 on Sunday and will represent the Keystone State in the upcoming Miss USA competition.

“I’ve been living on a cloud the past few days,” Billie Owens told | The Post-Standard in a phone interview.

She first entered the Miss Pennsylvania USA pageant in 2019, shortly after graduating from SU’s Newhouse School in 2018. She was a first runner-up to Kailyn Perez, who went on to finish in the top 15 at Miss USA.

“I’m competitive, so I wanted to go back,” Owens told

She was a first runner-up again in 2020 and fourth runner-up in 2021 before winning this year. Since it was her fourth time competing, she felt less pressure but she still mentally prepared herself by studying current events for the interview portion.

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