Co 2020-21 Iggy Award Winner MPG (special again)
- Aug 15, 2011
Today we celebrate the anthology television series The Twilight Zone. It is unclear why the show is celebrated on May 11, as there is no apparent connection between the date and the show. During its 5-season run, the series was both popular with fans and became critically acclaimed.
The Twilight Zone premiered on October 2, 1959, on CBS. It was created by Rod Serling, who not only came up with its concept and wrote or co-wrote 92 of its 156 episodes but also hosted and narrated it. It was one of the first science fiction series, and also had elements of suspense, horror, psychological fiction, drama, and fantasy. Serling combined his love of pulp fiction novels with topics that weren't often addressed on television at the time: social issues such as war (including nuclear), McCarthyism, and racism. In the opening of each episode, characters were transported to another dimension—the fifth dimension—which was called "the Twilight Zone." There they dealt with many unusual events, and the show often had a surprise ending with a moral lesson.
Mounir Hima, a 6-11 transfer from Duquesne, visited the Syracuse campus this week. Along with Hima are Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim and Hima's guardian, Virginia Roriston.
Duquesne transfer Mounir Hima talks about visit to Syracuse (PS; $; Waters)
When Mounir Hima visited the Syracuse University campus, he wanted to learn as much about the school as he did the basketball program.
He wanted to see the basketball facilities, but he also wanted to meet the people.
"They showed me everything the school has to offer,’' Hima said Tuesday as he and his guardian, Virginia Roriston, returned to their home in New Jersey after wrapping up the two-day visit to Syracuse. “I thought (the visit) went very well.’'
Hima, a 6-foot-11 center, entered his name in the NCAA’s transfer portal after spending the last two years at Duquesne. After redshirting his first year at Duquesne, Hima averaged 1.9 points and 2.8 rebounds per game in just 9.6 minutes per game this past season.
Hima would provide depth to Syracuse’s center position while also giving the Orange a young player with huge upside. Returning starter Jesse Edwards, a rising senior, and incoming freshman Peter Carey are the only centers on SU’s roster for next season. Hima has three years of eligibility remaining.
However, Roriston said much of the Syracuse coaches’ pitch to Hima centered on academics. That went over well as Hima sports a 3.7 grade point average.
“They did a great job on the visit,’' Roriston said. “It was very eye-opening.’'
For Syracuse basketball, competition widens as top recruits grab big offers (itlh; Adler)
With two NCAA live periods having occurred last month, Syracuse basketball coaches and their peers around the country had an opportunity to watch high-school prospects in person.
As some of these players put forth really excellent performances, that naturally has led to them receiving additional scholarship offers from a range of high-major programs in recent weeks.
For the purposes of this column, we’re taking a look at a bunch of ‘Cuse four-star and five-star recruits who have picked up impressive new offers of late.
These new offers, of course, will further expand the competition that the Orange coaching staff faces in trying to prevail in the recruitments of various prospects in both the 2023 and 2024 cycles.
Just as an FYI, I’m relying on media reports, recruiting services and players’ Twitter accounts for the offers that I’m relaying here.
Syracuse basketball is vying for numerous players in the sophomore and junior classes.
Let’s start with a couple of 2023 prospects. From my perspective, in this cycle, the ‘Cuse is prioritizing four-star shooting guard Reid Ducharme, four-star guard Elmarko Jackson and big man Joseph Estrella, who will soon enter the national rankings.
Creighton recently offered Estrella. Jackson received an offer from Notre Dame. And some of Ducharme’s recent offers include from Xavier, Rhode Island, Northwestern and Columbia.
Syracuse basketball recently offered fast-rising 2023 wing/forward Tafara Gapare, and even after that offer, other schools like Washington State, Hawaii and UMass have gotten into the mix for him.
Switching over to the 2024 class, we’ll begin with five-star point guard Elliot Cadeau, who seems to be a priority target for the Orange in this cycle. Maryland recently offered him.
Syracuse basketball 5-star recruits eye top spot in AAU team power ratings (itlh; Adler)
The second of two April live periods recently transpired in various locations around the country on the shoe-sponsored AAU circuits, and experts doled out a lot of praise to numerous Syracuse basketball recruiting targets for their performances in front of college coaches and others.
In a recent article by The Circuit staff on theseasonticket.com, these analysts and scouts published their national rankings of the top-25 AAU teams across the country as we look ahead to more events on the grassroots basketball circuit in the spring and summer months.
At least a half-dozen squads in these top-25 ratings feature players who hold scholarship offers from Syracuse basketball, including several high-school prospects who landed offers from the ‘Cuse only in the past few weeks.
Let’s take a look at where Syracuse basketball targets’ teams are ranked.
At No. 1 in The Circuit’s ratings is the New York City-based New Heights Lightning out of Nike’s EYBL league. Elliot Cadeau, a 2024 five-star prospect and the nation’s No. 1 point guard in his class according to several recruiting services, plays for the New Heights Lightning.
The 6-foot-1 Cadeau, a sophomore at Bergen Catholic High School in Oradell, N.J., was offered by the Orange last November. He has said multiple times of late that Syracuse basketball is among the college squads recruiting him the hardest.
The New Jersey Scholars Elite Basketball Club, which runs on Nike’s EYBL circuit, is No. 5. One of the standouts for this group is 2023 five-star point guard D.J. Wagner, who is the No. 1 prospect in the junior cycle.
Paul McCartney performed at The Dome in 2017 and will be returning this summer.
The Carrier Dome: Home to sold-out concerts and Syracuse University Athletics (thenewshouse.com; Stevenson)
Last month, Paul McCartney announced his return to Syracuse on his sell-out 2022 tour, which will be followed by Elton John’s performance scheduled for September 2022.
These performances will be held in The Carrier Dome, located in the center of Syracuse University’s campus and the hub for various student events. Yet, what is it that draws these artists to Upstate New York, rather than its neighboring, lively cities such as New York City, Philadelphia and Boston?
Founding director of the Bandier Program at Syracuse University and president of DMR Booking, David Rezak, talked of the long history of live music in Syracuse, dating back to before the Carrier Dome broke ground. Located at the present-day MakerSpace in Kimmel Hall, the “Jabberwocky” was a university-owned space, serving as an essential aspect of nightlife on SU’s campus.
“It was a beer and wine serving nightclub venue at about 150 capacity that had artists at the level of James Taylor, Talking Heads, Cyndi Lauper,” Rezak said. “Just an incredible array of amazing artists showcased there before they got big.”
Jabberwocky was not the only spot on campus providing live music, as SU was a hub for great nightlife and performances.
https://www.newsobserver.com/sports/college/acc/article261296882.html (N&O; podcast; Wiseman)
Chris Spatola, ESPN college basketball analyst and SiriusXM host, joins the N&O’s Steve Wiseman to talk about the latest news from the ACC spring meetings in Amelia Island, Florida
2022 NBA Draft Combine Invitees (RX; HM)
2022 NBA Draft Combine InviteesThere's a lot going on this week...
From Yahoo! Sports: 2022 NBA Draft Combine (Full list)
- Ochai Agbaji, G/F, Kansas
- Patrick Baldwin Jr., F, Milwaukee
- Paolo Banchero, F, Duke
- Dominick Barlow, F, Overtime Elite
- MarJon Beauchamp, G/F, G League Ignite
- Hugo Besson, G, Australia
- Malaki Branham, G/F, Ohio State
- Christian Braun, G/F, Kansas
- Kendall Brown, F, Baylor
- John Butler Jr., F/C, Florida State
- Julian Champagnie, G/F, St. John’s
- Kennedy Chandler, G, Tennessee
- Max Christie, G, Michigan State
- Kofi Cockburn, C, Illinois
- Dyson Daniels, G, G League Ignite
- Johnny Davis, G, Wisconsin
- JD Davison, G, Alabama
- Moussa Diabate, F, Michigan
- Ousmane Dieng, F, Australia
- Khalifa Diop, C, Spain
- Jalen Duren, C, Memphis
- Tari Eason, F, LSU
- Keon Ellis, G, Alabama
- Michael Foster, F, G League Ignite
- Collin Gillespie, G, Villanova
- AJ Griffin, F, Duke
- Jaden Hardy, G, G League Ignite
- Ron Harper Jr., F, Rutgers
- Chet Holmgren, C, Gonzaga
- Harrison Ingram, F, Stanford
- Jaden Ivey, G, Purdue
- Trayce Jackson-Davis, F, Indiana
- Nikola Jovic, F, Serbia
- Johnny Juzang, G/F, UCLA
- Ismael Kamagate, C, France
- Trevor Keels, G, Duke
- Walker Kessler, C, Auburn
- Christian Koloko, C, Arizona
- Jake LaRavia, F, Wake Forest
- Justin Lewis, F, Marquette
- E.J. Liddell, F, Ohio State
- Bennedict Mathurin, G/F, Arizona
- Matthew Mayer, F, Baylor
- Bryce McGowens, G, Nebraska
- Leonard Miller, F, Canada
- Josh Minott, F, Memphis
- Aminu Mohammed, G/F, Georgetown
- Iverson Molinar, G, Mississippi State
- Jean Montero, G, Overtime Elite
- Wendell Moore, F, Duke
- Keegan Murray, F, Iowa
- Andrew Nembhard, G, Gonzaga
- Scotty Pippen Jr., G, Vanderbilt
- Gabriele Procida, G/F, Italy
- Orlando Robinson, F/C, Fresno State
- David Roddy, F, Colorado State
- Ryan Rollins, G, Toledo
- Dereon Seabron, G/F, NC State
- Shaedon Sharpe, G, Kentucky
- Jabari Smith, F, Auburn
- Terquavion Smith, G, NC State
- Jeremy Sochan, F, Baylor
- Matteo Spagnolo, G, Italy
- Julian Strawther, G/F, Gonzaga
- Dalen Terry, G, Arizona
- Drew Timme, F, Gonzaga
- Jabari Walker, F, Colorado
- TyTy Washington Jr., G, Kentucky
- Peyton Watson, G/F, UCLA
- Blake Wesley, G, Notre Dame
- Alondes Williams, G, Wake Forest
- Jalen Williams, G, Santa Clara
- Jaylin Williams, F/C, Arkansas
- Mark Williams, C, Duke
- Trevion Williams, F/C, Purdue
- Fanbo Zeng, F, G League Ignite
Morgan Hapeman of the Finger Lakes Raptor Center captured this bald eagle in March when it fell out of a tree near Sampson State Park in Seneca County. It was euthanized the next day at the Cornell Wildlife Hospital.
Deadly new avian flu strain kills 9 bald eagles in Upstate NY: ‘It literally just fell out of the tree’ (PS; Featherstone)
In late March, a hunter witnessed snow geese acting strangely in the Montezuma Wildlife Refuge in Cayuga County.
The geese were swimming in circles with their heads thrown on their backs. The hunter called Krysten Schuler, co-director of the Cornell Wildlife Health Lab, which tracks wildlife diseases in New York state. Schuler ran some tests and found all the geese were sick with a new, virulent strain of avian flu called H5N1.
The sick snow geese signaled the arrival of H5N1—already sweeping across the nation—in Central New York, and the birds are likely just the tip of the iceberg.
H5N1 is classified as a ‘highly pathogenic avian influenza’ (HPAI) strain because it’s lethal to poultry. When the virus is detected in a single bird, the entire flock must be killed to contain the spread of the disease.
The last outbreak of HPAI in 2014-2015 resulted in the loss of more than 50 million poultry in 21 states according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) report. So far, H5N1 has affected nearly 40 million poultry in 32 states.