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No recent Cali or Iggy awards; Mr Irrelevant
Aug 15, 2011
to Patriots Day!

Patriots' Day is a holiday commemorating the battles of Lexington and Concord, which took place on April 19, 1775. The shots fired at these two cities on the outskirts of Boston were the first shots of the American Revolution. Following the war, Lexington Day and Concord Day began being celebrated in their respective cities. The cities later petitioned Massachusetts Governor Frederic Greenhalge to create a state commemoration. He created Patriots' Day, which replaced Fast Day. It was first celebrated on April 19, 1894. The new holiday also originally commemorated the anniversary of the Baltimore riot of 1861, where some of the first bloodshed of the Civil War took place, and four members of the Massachusetts militia died. In 1938, the Massachusetts legislature passed a bill making the battles of Lexington and Concord the sole focus of the day.

SU News

Syracuse basketball focused on landing center to replace Jesse Edwards (itlh; Adler)

Syracuse basketball coaches are understandably intent on finding a veteran center out of the NCAA’s transfer portal, given that senior Jesse Edwards himself entered the portal a few days ago.

The 6-foot-11 Edwards was slated to take an official visit to West Virginia this weekend and has a final three of the Mountaineers, Gonzaga and Kansas, according to media reports.

And while the ‘Cuse, looking ahead to the 2023-24 season, does have three centers on its roster, these players are all relatively young and inexperienced. In fact, sophomore Mounir Hima played spot minutes this past term, freshman Peter Carey only competed in a few games and is expected to take a medical redshirt for 2022-23, and 2023 three-star commit William Patterson is a senior at The Patrick School in Hillside, N.J.

So with Edwards, unfortunately, hitting the transfer portal, Orange coaches appear focused on picking up a center who has multiple years of college basketball experience this off-season, if at all possible.

Syracuse Basketball: 4-star Philly recruits ball out at Albany AAU event (itlh; Adler)

Two Syracuse basketball 2024 four-star recruiting targets out of the Philadelphia market put together strong performances over the weekend at an AAU showcase in the Albany, N.Y., area.

Numerous top-flight AAU teams suited up this past weekend at the GymRat LIVE event, which was held at the Impact Athletic Center in the Albany suburb of Halfmoon, N.Y.

One of the grassroots basketball squads playing at GymRat LIVE was the Philadelphia-based Team Final in Nike’s EYBL league. Two standouts for Team Final are four-star juniors Jalil Bethea and Thomas Sorber, both of whom appear to be priority targets for Syracuse basketball coaches in the 2024 class.

2024 Team Final EYBL (PA) F Thomas Sorber (@ThomasSorber_): 12 PTS, 5 REB in a win over Team Thrill #GymRatLIVE @TeamFinalEYBL GymRat LIVE: Top Performers + Schedule + Rosters
— The Circuit (@TheCircuit) April 16, 2023

Both the 6-foot-4 Bethea, a point guard/shooting guard, and the 6-foot-9 Sorber, a center, played well at the GymRat LIVE event, according to box scores provided by The Circuit on Twitter. In one of Team Final’s games in Albany, it defeated an excellent opponent, the Baltimore-based Team Thrill in the Under Armour Association league.

Syracuse Basketball: 4-star SG Kiyan Anthony 'establishing his own game' (itlh; Adler)

As the upcoming grassroots basketball circuit over the spring and summer months recently got an early start at an AAU event, Syracuse basketball 2025 four-star recruiting target Kiyan Anthony earned a lot of high praise for his play.

Anthony, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard in the sophomore cycle, competes for the Baltimore-based Team Melo in Nike’s EYBL league. Team Melo, not too long ago, suited up at the MADE Hoops East Warmup in Manalapan, N.J.

At the East Warmup, Anthony “showed off improving athleticism & explosiveness, plus he provided notable shotmaking,” per a tweet from MADE Hoops scouting analyst Tony McNiff.

Anthony, the son of Syracuse basketball legend and long-time NBA star Carmelo Anthony, likely has a way to go in his recruiting process. Orange coaches offered a scholarship to Kiyan Anthony last November.

According to recruiting services, his early offer sheet includes the ‘Cuse, Memphis, Bryant, George Mason and Manhattan.

Mike’s Mailbox: On Jesse Edwards, NIL, the transfer portal and Adam Weitsman (PS; Waters)

On Monday, I put out a call on Twitter for questions for Mike’s Mailbox.

Some good questions were coming in about what kind of style would Syracuse player under new coach Adrian Autry, who were Syracuse’s top recruiting targets in the 2024 class and a few about the status of SU freshman Judah Mintz, who is testing the NBA’s draft waters.

Then late Monday night, the news broke that Syracuse center Jesse Edwards would be entering the NCAA’s transfer portal.

And, just like that, my plans for Mike’s Mailbox changed.

Syracuse fans have a million questions about Edwards, his NIL opportunities, his status as an international student on an F-1 visa and more.

I had to push the Mailbox back one day just so the questions and answers could keep pace with the news of the week. Let’s get started before more news breaks.

As always, if you have any college basketball-related questions, please email to

Q: I’m confused by the situation regarding Jesse Edwards. There are reports that Syracuse couldn’t get him NIL money because he’s an international student. But there’s also talk that Syracuse is getting out-bid by these other schools. Which is it?

Connie R.

This is a hard question to answer because Syracuse University officials have been very quiet on the matter.

My sources have indicated to me that Jesse Edwards wanted to come back to Syracuse and that Syracuse did have NIL opportunities.

At first, I was told that the problem was that Syracuse was not able to find ways for Edwards to earn NIL money in accordance with his F-1 visa status as an international student.

However, it appears that Syracuse officials had ironed out, or were very close to solving, all the necessary details in order for Edwards to receive NIL money.

It’s quite possible; however, that by the time SU had readied its offer that Edwards had been approached by other schools.

Syracuse Orange pushing out Adam Weitsman ‘unheard of’ – NIL attorney (itlh; Adler)

Attorney Darren Heitner, a well-known and well-respected NIL expert who has advised Adam Weitsman and many other clients across the country on name, image and likeness matters, says his reaction was one of “shock and surprise” when he heard the news that Weitsman would no longer be doing NIL deals with Syracuse Orange players.

I caught up with Heitner, the founder of Heitner Legal in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in recent days after I first reported on Tuesday that businessman and philanthropist Adam Weitsman was getting out of the NIL game as it pertains to the ‘Cuse.

Weitsman says he is honoring his two-year NIL agreement with Dyaisha Fair, a Syracuse Orange women’s basketball player, but other than that, he will not sign any new NIL deals with ‘Cuse student-athletes.

1/4: Given the news about Syracuse basketball senior center Jesse Edwards, who will enter the NCAA’s transfer portal and hopes to explore NIL opportunities at other schools, I reached out to businessman and philanthropist @AdamWeitsman.
— InsideTheLoudHouse (@LoudHouseFS) April 11, 2023

Weitsman told me that he feels the Syracuse University chancellor, Kent Syverud, doesn’t want him doing NIL any longer, especially with the attention and publicity that it brings to SU with Weitsman involved in NIL.

WVU secures commitment from Syracuse transfer Jesse Edwards (; Howard)

The West Virginia University men’s basketball team continued its superb use of the transfer portal on Sunday, following the commitment of former Syracuse center Jesse Edwards.

The rising Dutch fifth-year senior spent the past four seasons at Syracuse University, culminating in a senior season where he averaged 14.5 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. He also earned third team All-ACC and All-ACC defensive team honors.

Edwards, ESPN’s No. 3 ranked player in the transfer portal, told ESPN that starting a new chapter of his career in Morgantown really appealed to him.

Report: Syracuse center Jesse Edwards has picked transfer portal destination (PS; Axe)

Jesse Edwards is heading from the ACC to the Big 12.

A report from ESPN’s Jonathan Givony says that the Syracuse center has picked West Virginia as his new destination to play college basketball.

“I felt it was time for a fresh start,” Edwards told ESPN. “I needed a new environment to challenge myself in, and I think West Virginia is just that. I’ve met some great people on my visit here and the campus looks amazing. This team could be something special.”

Edwards picked West Virginia over Kansas, Gonzaga, Virginia Tech, Texas Tech, Michigan and others. He has one season of eligibility remaining. Edwards entered the transfer portal last week. He visited West Virginia this weekend.

Keeping Up With The 315 4-14-23 (ESPN; radio; The 315)

Brian Higgins starts the show with the latest Jesse Edwards and Joe Girard updates as well as some potential rule changes coming in terms of recruiting visits. Then Brian previews a historic subplot of tomorrow’s SUWLAX game against UNC. Later, Luke joins Brian in studio to propose a hypothetical trade with WVU and share some shocking news on high school basketball phenom Mikey Williams.

Keeping Up With The 315 4-13-23 (ESPN; radio; The 315)

Brian Higgins starts the show with his latest thoughts on the state of NIL in Syracuse and who the Orange should be looking at to replace Jesse Edwards. Then, Scooter calls in wondering if Syracuse fans still regret not hiring Rick Pitino. Later, Tim Leonard joins Brian for a Syracuse men’s lacrosse update with a game against UNC coming up this weekend.

‎Locked On Syracuse - Daily Podcast On Syracuse Orange Football & Basketball: Syracuse Basketball Might Miss Jesse Edwards + Joe Girard More Than You Think on Apple Podcasts (; podcast; Locked on Syracuse)

Syracuse Basketball Might Miss Jesse Edwards + Joe Girard More Than You Think

‎Locked On Syracuse - Daily Podcast On Syracuse Orange Football & Basketball: Portal Talk: Syracuse Basketball Needs To Grab A Center - Who Is The Most Likely Fit? on Apple Podcasts (; podcast; Locked on Syracuse)

Portal Talk: Syracuse Basketball Needs To Grab A Center - Who Is The Most Likely Fit?

Why did Syracuse push away Adam Weitsman? (; Amendolara)

The most visible donor to Syracuse athletics has been Adam Weitsman. When he decided this week to leave the NIL world it left many SU fans in a state of panic. He clearly has deep pockets, loves SU sports, and was willing to spend plenty of it. It’s not cheap to buy Tom Brady for an afternoon. But Weitsman never seemed to be fully embraced by Syracuse University. Did administration push him out?

Weitsman clearly enjoyed the attention that came with his actions. Flying celebrities into town with cameras capturing the meeting on the tarmac, to then sit alongside them at the Dome could be construed as “clout chasing,” as the kids might say. Weitsman framed it as a way to bring attention to the university and region as a whole. But clearly when you’re sitting courtside next to Tom Brady and Jimmy Fallon, you’ve pinned the spotlight on yourself as well.

ACC News

Pitt recruitment report: Veteran guard Ishmael Leggett looks to be next on Jeff Capel’s transfer portal wishlist (P-G; Hiles)

After adding a new member to its frontcourt earlier this week, the Pitt men’s basketball team seems to have its focus now directed toward adding a veteran guard.

While the Panthers’ 2023-24 roster features the talented guard trio of Dior Johnson, Carlton Carrington and Jaland Lowe, none of the three aforementioned four-star talents have played a single game at the collegiate level. Because of that, Jeff Capel and his staff are hoping to find an experienced shooting guard that will serve as a complementary piece to each of their games.

Pitt’s top target at the moment looks to be Ishmael Leggett, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound guard who played the past three seasons at Rhode Island. Leggett, who will be a redshirt junior this upcoming season, is making an official visit to Oakland this weekend, per a report from college basketball insider Jon Rothstein.

In three seasons with the Rams, Leggett appeared in 87 games, which included 70 starts. Last year, Leggett averaged a team-best 16.4 points and 1.4 steals per game. His season averages of 5.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists per contest were good for second- and third-best on Rhode Island.

Numerous reports show Boston College is currently the only other ACC program showing Leggett interest. Arkansas, Butler, Georgia, Ohio State and Minnesota are the other Power Six teams that have reached out.


How hot was it today? Central New York sets new high temperature record for third day in a row (PS; Alba)

Central New York has reached record-setting temperatures for the third straight day.

Syracuse hit 88 degrees at 2:42 p.m. breaking the record for April 15 of 87 degrees set in 1994, according to the National Weather Service. Official records date back to 1902.

The average temperature for this date is 46.1 degrees, according to the weather service.

Thursday and Friday also set new records, with each day reaching 86 degrees.

Sunday is forecast to remain hot for this time of year, but cooler than the last few days. The forecast calls for a high of 80 degrees. The record high for Sunday is 88 set in 2012.

The weather service forecasts a dramatic temperature swing in the opposite direction starting Monday, when a cold front is expected to sweep in and bring temperatures down to highs in the 50s and low in the 40s.

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