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No recent Cali or Iggy awards; Mr Irrelevant
Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to Do Something Nice Day!

Yesterday you may have celebrated International Toot Your Own Flute Day, where you spent the day being selfish and thinking only about yourself. Today is a day to be selfless and think about others. Not only should you think about them, but you should put your thoughts into actions by doing something nice for them. Whatever you do should be done not because it will evoke a positive response from someone else, but because your are doing it from your heart. So often we go through our days in a hurry and don't think about the effect on someone else that stopping and pausing to do something nice will have. Today is a day to set a foundation of kindness that hopefully will stay long after this day has passed.

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Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

The 2022-23 Syracuse Orange men’s basketball season preview (TNIAAM; Szuba)

The Syracuse Orange men’s basketball season is just three weeks away from its first exhibition game. Perhaps for some of you that seems a bit quicker than anticipated given the football team’s undefeated start.

Alas, basketball season draws near and the state of the Syracuse program is as interesting as ever. Jim Boeheim enters his 47th season at the helm. It’s the diamond anniversary of the 77-year-old head coach, who stepped foot on campus as a freshman 60 years ago. But in 2021-22, Syracuse experienced its first losing season of Boeheim’s career and first losing season for the program since Roy Danforth took over for Fred Lewis in 1968-69. Where to from here?

The Orange will attempt to right the ship with young talent. Six freshman enter the fray, barbelled with seniors in Joe Girard, Jesse Edwards and Symir Torrence. Benny Williams is back for his sophomore season, Mounir Hima, a 6-foot-11 center, joins as a transfer from Duquesne and expects to back up Edwards in the middle. John Bol Ajak is back, too.

With a younger team, Syracuse didn’t schedule as aggressively in the non-conference as it did a season ago. Still, the early season does have a few challenges baked in. Syracuse will play in Brooklyn at the Barclays center against Richmond and either St. John’s or Temple in the following game of the Empire Classic in late November. The Orange will play at Illinois as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and also host Georgetown with a tricky conference game at Notre Dame sandwiched between.

With so many unknowns, you might be asking yourself how Syracuse will do this year. Well, have no fear. That’s why we’re here: to get all of this wrong and serve as free entertainment. Here goes...

With so much young talent and with seniors stepping into new leadership roles, Syracuse will probably drop an early non-conference game against Bryant and everyone will write off the team’s NCAA Tournament chances early. A middling start ACC play will do nothing to change anyone’s mind and the smartest people in the room (all of them) will write off Boeheim.

Syracuse University targets Rochester in effort to expand sports brand | Rochester Business Journal (; Pitoniak)

John Wildhack is taking a page from the Buffalo Bills and taking the show on the road. And by doing so, the Syracuse University athletic director hopes to further tap into a market that’s as essential to the sustained success of the Orange sports program as it is to the Bills.

Just as the Bills bring training camp here every summer, Wildhack hopes to bring a number of Syracuse sports-related events to Rochester, starting with Monroe Madness, an open-to-the-public fan fest featuring the SU men’s and women’s basketball teams Friday evening at 6:30 at the Blue Cross Arena. (Wegmans is the official sponsor and tickets are available for purchase there and at the Arena box office.)

“Rochester is a critical market for us,’’ Wildhack said. “We need to grow our presence and our brand there. We need to market ourselves regionally. We have a stadium that holds 50,000 for football and more than 30,000 for basketball, and if we are going to get to capacity or near-capacity, we’ve got to draw from beyond our core base in Central New York.”

The Bills came to a similar realization years ago. The reality is, without Rochester and Southern Ontario, the Bills would have been history long ago. The Buffalo area isn’t large or affluent enough to support an NFL franchise on its own, and the Bills would have been forced to relocate to a bigger market if they hadn’t expanded their reach.

Wildhack grew up in the Buffalo suburb of Kenmore, so he’s well aware of the challenges the Bills face as a franchise in the NFL’s second-smallest market. (Only Green Bay is smaller.) He’s also friends with Russ Brandon, the former Bills CEO and marketing whiz who brought training camp to St. John Fisher University at the turn of the century in order to increase ticket sales and mine corporate dollars beyond Buffalo.

Syracuse men’s basketball: the latest on the recruitment front (TNIAAM; Chiappone)

While the season is fast approaching for Syracuse Orange men’s basketball, it isn’t too soon to begin scouting ahead to the future.

I’ve already detailed the many factors that could impact how the Orange encourage prospects to join the ‘Cuse. But, let’s get to the actual prospects on the team’s radar.

Class of 2023 update

So far, here is who Syracuse has scouted so far from the upcoming recruitment class:

DJ Wagner: CG, 6’3, 165 lbs., Camden (NJ), 5 stars

Isaiah Miranda: C, 7’0, 200 lbs., Southern California Academy (CA), 4 stars

Papa Kante: C, 6’10, 215 lbs., South Kent School (CT), 4 stars

Mike Williams: SG, 6’2, 175 lbs., Bishop Walsh School (MD), 3 stars

Bryce Lindsay: CG, 6’3, 170 lbs., IMG Academy (FL), 3 stars

Jacoi Hutchinson: SG, 6’2, 165 lbs., IMG Academy (FL), 3 stars

Tichyque Musaka: C, 6’10, 200 lbs., NC Good Better Best Academy (NC), N/A

Looking at the information from a big-picture lens, there are a few things that stand out.

First off, the early warning signs point to the Orange looking to recruit a new center. Jesse Edwards, who’s slated to start for Syracuse, is entering his senior season with the team. If Edwards leaves after this year, just two centers would be left: sophomore Mounir Hima and freshman Peter Carey.

Syracuse basketball has interest in Carmelo Anthony’s son, a 4-star guard (itlh; Adler)

Syracuse basketball coaches are showing interest in 2025 four-star shooting guard Kiyan Anthony from New York City, who is the son of Orange legend and long-time NBA star Carmelo Anthony.

The 6-foot-3 Kiyan Anthony detailed the ‘Cuse interest and updated his recruitment to date in a recent interview with 247Sports national analyst Dushawn London.

First and foremost, I’m super stoked that Syracuse basketball is displaying interest in Anthony, who is a sophomore at the famed Christ the King Regional High School in Middle Village, N.Y.

Like Father Like Son @carmeloanthony & @kiyananthony working together
— Chris Joseph Brickley (@Cbrickley603) September 29, 2022

As we noted in another recent column on Anthony, when 247Sports published its inaugural set of national rankings for his class, Anthony arrived as four stars, No. 62 across the country, No. 13 at shooting guard and No. 3 in the state of New York.

Syracuse basketball coaches are taking a close look at Carmelo Anthony’s son.

During the most recent AAU circuit, Kiyan Anthony played for the Baltimore-based Team Melo in Nike’s EYBL league. Christ the King, as we’ve noted on several occasions lately, is poised to contend for a top-25 national ranking in the upcoming 2022-23 campaign.

According to recruiting services and the 247Sports story, Anthony holds early scholarship offers from Memphis, Bryant and George Mason.

Anthony told London that college teams showing interest in him include Syracuse basketball, Penn State, St. John’s, Morgan State and others.

ACC News

Virginia Tech Men's Basketball prepares for the season (youtube; video; WFXR)

The reigning ACC men's basketball champions in the Virginia Tech Hokies as they are in day 6 of their preseason practices getting ready for the season as they are about a month away and when you look at teams under the guidance of Mike Young in his 4th year, he is excited about the program especially guys he sees that can make a difference in the program.


Duke trainer Nick Potter works with freshman Dariq Whitehead (0) during the Blue Devils’ practice on Tuesday, September 27, 2022 in Durham, N.C. Whitehead is recovering from a fractured foot that required surgery in August. Robert Willett (; Wiseman)

Two new banners hung from Cameron Indoor Stadium’s rafters as Duke went through its fifth preseason practice, preparing for a new basketball season last Saturday morning.

Last year’s Blue Devils earned the banners, honoring their ACC regular-season championship and Final Four berth. The group coach Jon Scheyer is leading through practices this month bears little resemblance to that celebrated team as junior Jeremy Roach is the lone returning starter. TOP ARTICLES Florida State at NC State brings memories from 30 years ago when ‘Noles first joined ACC The expectations, though, remain the same.

The nation’s No. 1 recruiting class, led by the top incoming freshman in 7-1 center Dereck Lively, gives Scheyer plenty of talent in his first season taking over for the retired Mike Krzyzewski as Duke’s head coach.

Duke is still practicing without one of those freshmen as 6-6 forward Dariq Whitehead is still recovering from the right foot fracture he suffered Aug. 29. But there’s still plenty learned already from Duke’s first week of practice in preparation for its Nov. 7 season-opening game with Jacksonville.

ACC Preview #15 - Duke, Part II (DBR; King)

Normally, if you lost the #1, #15, #16, #26 and #42 picks in the NBA Draft and only returned two scholarship players and just one starter, not to mention losing your long-time head coach, you’d be in trouble.

Deep, deep trouble.

But this is Duke, and Duke may be able to pull that off.

The Blue Devils sent Paolo Banchero, Mark Williams, AJ Griffin and Wendell Moore to the NBA as first-round picks while Trevor Keels went in the second.

Only Jeremy Roach and Jaylen Blakes return, and while Roach started and was superb down the stretch, Blakes only got 95 minutes all season.

Then there’s losing legendary head coach Mike Krzyzewski, which we discussed in Part I of our Duke preview.

As we’ve seen for more than a decade now, Duke recruits at a very high level and this year brings in essentially a whole new roster with enough talent to be ranked in the Pre-season Top Ten in most polls.

This is a young group, so Scheyer gathered some experienced transfers too. Look! Everyone is in transition!

Kale Catchings, 6-6/210, played for Tommy Amaker at Harvard. He frequently saw 6-4/210 Max Johns, who was at Princeton. Ryan Young, 6-10/240, comes over from Northwestern where he played for Chris Collins, while Jacob Grandison, 6-6/210, was a Big Ten rival at Illinois.

Report: FSU forward Jaylan Gainey to miss 2022-23 season (; Kostidakis)

Florida State Seminoles basketball will be missing a key transfer piece this upcoming season, as it was reported Tuesday that senior forward Jaylan Gainey will be out for the 2022-23 season due to a knee injury.

Gainey transferred in from Brown this offseason, leaving due to the Ivy League’s rules against graduate players participating in athletics. He finished third in Brown history with 125 career blocked shots and was named as the Ivy League defender of the Year in both 2020 and 2022 as he totaled 117 blocked shots in 54 games (2.2 bpg) and 327 rebounds (6.1 bpg).

The news was first reported by college basketball writer Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports:

Source: Florida State's Jaylan Gainey will miss the 2022-23 season due to a knee injury. Transfer from Brown. Averaged 9.3 PPG and 6.9 RPG.

Was expected to be a key piece up front for the Seminoles.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) October 4, 2022

From his official FSU bio:

Averaged 8.7 points (26 total points). 7.0 rebounds (21 total rebounds), and 1.7 blocked shots (5 total blocked shots), while shooting .600 percent from the field (9 of 15) during the Seminoles’ 3-game tour of Canada during August of 2022…a starter with 6 points, a team-leading 8 rebounds 2 blocked shots and 1 steal in Florida State’s victory over Ottawa in the first game of its three-game summer tour of Canada…played a total of 12 minutes as starter in the game one win…totaled 8 points (on four of six shooting from the free throw line), 1 assists and 1 blocked shot in the Seminoles 98-64 win over Carleton in the second game of the exhibition tour…played 15 minutes in the win over Carleton…earned a double double of 12 point and 10 rebounds in the Seminoles’ 90-74 win over McGill University in the final game of their summer tour of Canada…Florida State defeated the University of Ottawa, Carleton University and McGill to finish with a 3-0 record on their 10-day trip north of the border.


Jan 11, 2020; Charlottesville, Virginia, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Buddy Boeheim (35) celebrates with guard Joseph Girard III (11) after scoring against the Virginia Cavaliers during the second half at John Paul Jones Arena. Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Where Have All The Scorers Gone? (DBR; Jacobs)

Last season was the third straight in which the ACC scoring leader, in 2022 Syracuse’s Buddy Boeheim, averaged fewer than 20 points per game. (That’s fewer, not less, for all you language manglers.) Boeheim, a senior, contributed 19.2 per outing, a tad fewer in conference play (18.95).

Wake’s Alondes Williams, the ’22 ACC player of the year, averaged 18.5 points, and finished second.

Historically, players displaying modest offensive punch haven’t topped the league all that often. In fact, until recently it was relatively uncommon, happening just about one season in five over the course of conference history. But lately that’s changed, becoming a trend – five times in the past eight years, to be exact.

What this reveals is anyone’s guess, other than that rules changes meant to improve scoring haven’t worked all that well on a micro level.

Not that a gaudy scoring average indicates the incontrovertible worth of a performer or the freedom provided by liberalized rules. Or, that the failure to produce 20 or more points per outing on a consistent basis is by definition an offensive shortcoming in a scoring leader.



2022 Salmon River Run
Ethan Everett, 9, of Hudson, drags a salmon home after a day of fishing on the Salmon River in Pulaski.

Agony and ecstasy in Pulaski as anglers try their luck on the Salmon River (photos) (PS; Featherstone)

The water is running high and the salmon are running hard in the Salmon River right now.

A welcome sunny break last weekend from recent rainy weather sent hundreds of anglers pouring into Pulaski to try their luck in the Town Pool section of the river, the epicenter of the fall salmon run.

Scores of anglers stood shoulder to shoulder on both sides of the river on Friday while onlookers watched from above on the Route 11 bridge. Excited cries of “Fish on!” echoed in the crisp autumn air, often followed by a disgruntled “Fish off!”

One such angler, William Race of Albany, hooked a salmon from atop the concrete wall next to the bridge. He muscled his way past dozens of other anglers as the fish streaked downstream, pulling Race with it.

“Heads up!” Race shouted. “Coming down!”

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