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- Aug 15, 2011
Also known as the Twelfth or the Glorious Twelfth, Orangemen's Day commemorates and celebrates the Battle of the Boyne, fought in 1690, and the Glorious Revolution of 1688, which took place when James II, a Roman Catholic, was deposed, and William of Orange, a Protestant, received his throne. Orangemen's Day primarily is celebrated by people with Protestant Irish or Scottish backgrounds. In some locations, it is observed on the Monday closest to July 12th.
The Battle of the Boyne was fought on July 1, 1690, outside of Drogheda, along the River Boyne, in what now is the Republic of Ireland. Prince William of Orange and James II of England and Ireland, who was also known as King James VII of Scotland, each raised an army of about 30,000 troops, and Prince William came out victorious in the battle. The battle remains a symbol of the sectarian struggles in Ireland between Protestants and Roman Catholics. Not long after it, the defeated Catholics formed underground societies in an attempt to restore the line of James. The Protestants countered by forming the Orange Order.
Syracuse basketball 5-star recruits are key in USA Basketball scoring gold (itlh; Adler)
Over the weekend, the USA Basketball U17 national team captured a gold medal, and two Syracuse basketball five-star recruiting targets proved strong contributors throughout the recently held tournament in Spain.
The USA Basketball U17 national squad, after trailing Spain by five points at the half, stormed back to emerge victorious in the championship game of the 2022 FIBA U17 World Cup on Sunday, 79-67.
The event was held in Málaga, Spain, and on the USA Basketball U17 national team roster were 2023 five-star point guard D.J. Wagner from New Jersey and 2024 four-star guard Ian Jackson from New York.
The 6-foot-3 Wagner received a scholarship offer from the Orange last August at the team’s annual Elite Camp, although numerous analysts believe his recruitment will come down to in-state rivals Kentucky and Louisville.
The 6-foot-6 Jackson, meanwhile, picked up a ‘Cuse offer this past April. He was also on the roster of the U.S. national squad that claimed the 2021 FIBA U16 Americas Championship.
Syracuse basketball recruiting targets helped USA Basketball notch a gold medal.The 2022 FIBA U17 World Cup ran from July 2 to July 10, spanning seven games for USA Basketball. By conquering Spain in the title match-up, the USA Basketball U17 national team acquired the gold medal in the FIBA U17 World Cup for the sixth consecutive time.
Press the Panic Button if Syracuse Loses Multiple Non-Conference Games – Orange Fizz – Daily Syracuse Recruiting News & Team Coverage (orangefizz.net; Griffin)
Last season’s non-conference schedule featured a trip to the Bahamas, a national TV showcase against Villanova, and a battle in DC with Georgetown. The results were… underwhelming. Syracuse finished 6-5 outside of the ACC last year, including a dreadful 1-4 in the above games. The one other loss? The Colgate disaster in which the Orange lost to the Raiders for the first time since JFK was president. Those results have clearly impacted how Jim Boeheim and company have scheduled this year’s slate.
This season’s non-conference schedule (so far) features Lehigh, Colgate, Bryant, Illinois, Oakland, Georgetown, Monmouth, Cornell, and two games at the Empire Classic Thanksgiving week against a combo of St. John’s, Richmond, and Temple. The Raiders, Bulldogs, Illini, and Spiders all made the NCAA Tournament last year, with the latter two advancing to the Round of 32. Not exactly a ton of tournament success.
Simply put, this is not a difficult slate. There are only three high-major schools, two of which came nowhere close to the Big Dance last year. As for the other, Illinois just lost one of the most dominant big men in recent college hoops memory, so it shouldn’t be as tough an opponent as years past.
As such, the only opponent SU fans shouldn’t be angry about losing to is Illinois. A loss to any of the other schools would add to what has been an embarrassing downfall to this program. Last year’s loss to Colgate was horrible enough, imagine another one? Georgetown won a grand total of one more game after it defeated SU in the middle of December. Elsewhere, possible opponents in Brooklyn St. John’s and Temple barely eclipsed .500, and every other school on the schedule should just about be a no-brainer. Take Monmouth for example. Remember this?
While Bryant, Lehigh, and Oakland, and Cornell never made Sportscenter headlines like that, they’re in the same class as Monmouth. Teams Syracuse should beat handily.
Orange Watch: Syracuse basketball’s connection to the NBA’s Detroit Pistons - The Juice Online (the juice; Bierman)
Item: Both Buddy and Jimmy Boeheim have begun their professional basketball careers playing for the Detroit Pistons in the NBA summer league currently underway in Las Vegas. Buddy Boeheim secured a two-way contract with the team which pays him for either playing in the NBA or a step below in the G-League, while Jimmy Boeheim signed a specific summer league contract, both brothers inking their deals following the conclusion of the June 23 NBA Draft. Ironically, their Hall of Fame coaching father also once had an opportunity to play for the Pistons – 55 years ago.
Jim Boeheim is all about loyalty when it comes to his nearly half century reign of running the Syracuse basketball program.
That’s why it’s no surprise the first opportunity his two sons have had to enjoy the taste of playing for pay are coming under the tutelage of Detroit front office executives Troy Weaver (general manager) and Rob Murphy (assistant general manager), both one-time assistant coaches under Boeheim with Weaver on the staff from 2000-2004, and Murphy then taking the chair from 2004-2011.
While the odds are long that Buddy Boeheim will have the opportunity to regularly nab one of the 15 roster spots each franchise is allowed once the regular season gets underway, even shuttling back and forth with the G-League Motor City Cruise means Buddy Boeheim might simply be an injury away from being called up with the prospect to suit up and see some memorable NBA game action.
Buddy has already scored his first professional basket, draining a corner 3-pointer late in the first quarter during this past Saturday’s 105-99 Pistons win over the Washington Wizards.
For Jimmy Boeheim, the road to playing professionally will likely be on the international stage, as he did not see action in the first two Pistons summer league games through July 11.
In the different era of the 1960s, Jim Boeheim was tantalizingly close to making an NBA roster in his first year after graduating SU, and a year later contemplated an offer with the same Detroit Pistons.
After the 1966 Syracuse team fell to Duke in the East Regional finals, the Pistons selected Jim Boeheim’s backcourt mate Dave Bing as the number two overall selection, while Jim Boeheim signed as a free agent with the Chicago Bulls and made it to the final cut days before the season got underway.
Undeterred, Jim Boeheim returned to pursue his graduate degree at SU, was an unpaid assistant with the basketball team, earned $2000 coaching the now defunct golf program, and ventured out of town on weekends to play for the Eastern League’s Scranton-based team.
During Jim Boeheim’s rookie professional season, the Scranton coach was Paul Seymour who was a well-known name to basketball fans in Syracuse having both played and coached for the hometown NBA Nationals.
We’re 10 days away from Boeheim’s Army's first game. What’s the team look like? (PS; Ditota)
We’re 10 days from Boeheim’s Army’s 2022 debut in The Basketball Tournament.
The Syracuse-based team won the $1 million TBT winner-take-all prize money last summer in Dayton. Boeheim’s Army retooled its lineup since then; the annual restructuring is a staple of the summer circuit.
The team added former Orange players Tyler Ennis, Rakeem Christmas and Marek Dolezaj. It fortified its lineup with the additions of Dee Bost and Kyle Wiltjer. And it brings back DJ Kennedy and Deandre Kane, two tough, tested former Overseas Elite (and high school) teammates who keep winning TBT money.
C.J. Fair returns. So does Andrew White. Fair was effective last summer as a guy off the bench who could score, defend and rebound. And White is an ever-present 3-point threat. He shot 37% from 3 in the Turkish Pro League last year.
Boeheim’s Army won it all last season because of a few significant factors: It rebounded and defended. It rarely turned the ball over. And it got clutch performances from a pair of guards (Keifer Sykes, Tyrese Rice) who are no longer on the roster.
The team did not shoot the ball well, a consistent thread throughout Boeheim’s Army’s seven TBT appearances.
Here’s a look at how the 2022 roster might address various areas of weakness and strength as Boeheim’s Army awaits its first game – a 7 p.m. matchup July 22 against the Syracuse region’s No. 8 team, India Rising, in the SRC Arena at Onondaga Community College:
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Former SU basketball player Scoop Jardine joins Steve and Paulie to update us on his recent whereabouts and to discuss Neumann-Goretti’s prep for their upcoming game against the Buffalo University alumni team.
Things Aren’t Looking Good For SU In The JP Estrella Sweepstakes – Orange Fizz – Daily Syracuse Recruiting News & Team Coverage (orangefizz.net; Bainbridge)
Compared to last year, it’s been all quiet on the Syracuse basketball recruiting front so far. The Orange snagged summertime commits from top prospects like Justin Taylor and Quadir Copeland, but have yet to secure even one commitment in the Class of ‘23, highly rated or otherwise. There’s some speculation on why that’s been the case for SU, but there’s no concrete explanation as to why that’s the case.
No matter the reason, any Class of ‘23 recruit Syracuse nets may play even less than new classes in the recent past. First-year players like Kadary Richmond and Benny Williams were the key pieces of smaller, less-touted classes. This year, the Class of ‘22 looks to be primed to play regularly and produce multiple starters in Year 1 on The Hill.
However, that hasn’t stopped the Orange from trying for Class of ‘23 center JP Estrella.
Around last month, Estrella – a 6’11”, 4-star center out of Brewster Academy in New Hampshire – was reported to be in frequent contact with Syracuse. Estrella quickly went from unranked on 247Sports to the No. 8 composite center in the country in the class, and may visit SU soon if he doesn’t first commit to Duke. The Blue Devils offered Estrella on June 7th and appear to be (if you trust 247Sports’ Crystal Ball projections) the current favorite to land him.
Syracuse doesn’t desperately need Estrella with Jesse Edwards’ remaining eligibility and 2022 developmental commit Peter Carey waiting in the wings, but Estrella appears to be one the last remaining serious ‘Cuse targets that hasn’t already committed somewhere else. The Orange have already lost out on other top recruits like GG Jackson, Blue Cain, and have fallen deeply behind on others.
Syracuse basketball offering 4-star Joseph Estrella first means something (itlh; Adler)
The recruiting process of rapidly rising 2023 four-star big man Joseph Estrella perfectly illustrates how Syracuse basketball coaches are terrific at identifying talented high-school players early on before their offer sheets and national rankings blow up.
Unfortunately for the Orange, though, at least in recent years, the bevy of these top-flight prospects offered by the ‘Cuse early on end up picking other schools.
It’s the nature of recruiting, particularly for the Orange in recent seasons, when the team has seen its recruiting efforts dip on a national scale.
In the case of the 6-foot-11 Estrella, his first scholarship offer came from Syracuse basketball last August the squad’s annual Elite Camp. Ever since, it seems that the ‘Cuse has recruited him hard, and Estrella always speaks positively about the Orange program in interviews.
It’s critical for Syracuse basketball to get Joseph Estrella on an official visit to the Hill.Last summer, around the time of his offer from the ‘Cuse, Estrella was flying totally under the radar. He was set to suit up in his junior term for South Portland High School in South Portland, Maine, and Estrella wasn’t nationally ranked in 2023 by the primary recruiting services.
But during the 2021-22 campaign, Estrella was absolutely sensational for South Portland High School. He’ll spend his senior year at the powerhouse Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H.
This spring and summer in grassroots basketball, as well as during other recent events such as the prestigious NBPA Top 100 camp in Orlando, Fla., Estrella has put forth magnificent performance after magnificent performance.
To that end, many of his tremendous outputs for the New England-based Middlesex Magic in the Under Armour Association league have occurred amid NCAA live periods where a ton of college coaches, including those at Syracuse basketball, have watched him play in person.
Swider Synched Up In NBA Summer League - Syracuse University Athletics (cuse.com)
Cole Swider, who averaged 13.9 points per game and converted 81 3-pointers in his one season at Syracuse, packed his long-distance accuracy with him prior to heading to the 2022 NBA Summer League.
Swider, who signed a two-way contract with the Los Angeles Lakers in June, has averaged 13.2 points per game in five NBA Summer League games. He's converted 21-of-40 from the field (.525), 17-of-30 of his 3-point attempts (.567) and all seven of his free-throw tries. In his last outing on Sunday night against Charlotte, Swider finished with 21 points, including five 3-pointers.
The NBA Summer League continues this week in Las Vegas. The Lakers are scheduled to meet the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday, July 12, in the team's next outing.
Swider began his collegiate career at Villanova. He transferred to Syracuse prior to the 2021-22 season and started all 33 games for the Orange. He ranked second on the team in scoring average (13.9 ppg.) and led the squad in rebounds per contest (6.8 rpg.).
Syracuse has two other former players competing in the NBA Summer League. Brothers Buddy and Jimmy Boeheim are both on the Detroit Pistons roster.
MBB: 2022 Basketball Tiers (RX; HM)
MBB: 2022 Basketball TiersRanking is hard, but "tiering" is a little easier. How can we divide college basketball programs today?
The ACC is well-stocked with top-quality basketball teams:
...2 teams in tier 1
2 teams in tier 2
1 team in tier 3
1 team in tier 5
Joerg Schamuhn, CEO of Airial Robotics, makes a presentation as part of the GENIUS NY program in Syracuse. What makes a good leader? He has a five-point answer, including: Leaders that depend on their business-card title won’t be good leaders.Courtesy Airial Robotics
Why landing in Syracuse made all the difference for Joerg Schamuhn’s drone company (PS; $; Lindhorst)
Joerg Schamuhn is CEO and a co-founder of Airial Robotics, a company in the expanding field of uncrewed aerial vehicles – the UAVs commonly called drones.
The GENIUS NY business accelerator program brought Joerg, his wife, Birgit, and his company from Hamburg, Germany, to Syracuse and The Tech Garden. The company maintains other locations in the United Kingdom, Hungary, Grand Forks, N.D., and Hamburg. Joerg is CEO and responsible for the expanding global operation of the company.
The company’s roots go back to late 2017 when two of Joerg’s friends began developing a new approach to the principle of the gyrocopter. In essence, they added modern helicopter technology to gyrocopters, which have been around since the 1920s.
In 2019, they looked for someone to lead the operation and asked Joerg to join them. He was working in Europe and the U.S. for a Chinese drone manufacturer at the time, but he traveled to meet with them in Hungary, liked what he saw, and became one of the company’s four founders. He said Airial Robotics’ system substantially extends UAV performance in payload, range, speed, and safety.
How rare is a gyrocopter-helicopter hybrid? “This doesn’t exist anywhere else,” Joerg said. “Gyrocopters are not frequently around us. But interestingly enough, by track record they are the safest aviation design overall – better than fixed wing, better than any helicopter. But it has a big disadvantage. A gyrocopter cannot take off and land vertically, which is basically a must in an uncrewed aircraft … When you look into the playbook of aviation from 1911 till today, you will not find a company that was able to successfully combine helicopter with gyrocopter. We are definitely the first one.”