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Syracuse Orange center Jesse Edwards (14) on a no call defended by Florida State Seminoles center Naheem McLeod (24) at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center, Tallahassee, FL, Wednesday February 8, 2023. Scott Schild | Scott Schild |

After visiting Syracuse, FSU transfer center Naheem McLeod schedules visit to SEC school (PS; Waters)

After visiting Syracuse University this past weekend, Florida State transfer Naheem McLeod has scheduled a visit to an SEC school.

McLeod, a 7-foot-4 center who spent the last two years at Florida State, will visit Mississippi State on Wednesday. McLeod announced the visit on his Twitter page.

Mississippi State on Wednesday
— Naheem Bigduke McLeod ✝️ (@boogienah_10) May 8, 2023

McLeod doesn’t have any other visits scheduled at this time.

In his two years at Florida State, McLeod earned 16 starts, including 11 this past season despite battling some injuries. He recorded an astounding 1.2 blocks per game despite logging barely over 13 minutes per game.

The 255-pound McLeod provides a massive interior presence. He could potentially fill the hole created by Syracuse’s starting center Jesse Edwards’ departure to West Virginia.

With Edwards gone, Syracuse has little experience at center. Mounir Hima, a 6-11 sophomore, averaged 7.4 minutes per game last year after transferring to SU from Duquesne. Peter Carey appeared in just three games as a freshman before taking a medical redshirt. Hima and Carey both dealt with injuries last season. Incoming freshman William Patterson, a 7-2 center, will need time to add strength to his long frame.


Donnie Freeman Sets Decision Day (; Frank)

Syracuse’s top target in the 2024 class, Donnie Freeman, will be making his college decision on Thursday, May 11th in what will be a moment SU fans will be locking in to see if Adrian Autry can land his first major high school recruit. Freeman visited the Orange back in early April, and the SU coaches saw him again at the Nike EYBL in Atlanta later in the month. Now, he’s ready to decide between Syracuse, Texas, Iowa, Alabama, and Georgia Tech.


4-star PF Donnie Freeman will announce his commitment LIVE on 247Sports.

Freeman is the No. 32 overall ranked prospect in the 2024 class@DonavanFreeman1 x #CommitHQ

⏰: May 11th – 3:30PM ET/2:30 PM CT
— 247Sports (@247Sports) May 8, 2023
Standing 6’9 at 200 lbs according to Rivals, Freeman is a prototypical Syracuse wing, mirroring guys like Jerami Grant, Wesley Johnson, and others in terms of size and length on the perimeter. He’s from Washington, DC, a point of emphasis recruiting area for Autry and new assistant coach Brendan Straughn. He’s the 32nd overall player in the class according to 247 Sports and a four-star prospect and would be SU’s second player to commit in the class behind wing Elijah Moore from New York. Here’s what Freeman said about Syracuse to

Girard on playing against Syracuse: ‘There’s no bad blood’ (PS; TMS)

Joseph Girard III announced Sunday that he is trading one shade of orange for another.

With five words on Twitter, Girard announced his plans to transfer from Syracuse to play basketball at Clemson, staying within in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

“Clemson, Let’s Do This Thing!” Girard tweeted, with a photo collage of himself wearing a Clemson Tigers uniform.

Girard, the former Glens Falls High School star and New York state’s all-time scoring leader, started most of his four seasons at Syracuse.

A 6-foot-1 senior combo guard, Girard has one more year of eligibility because he played during the 2020-21 coronavirus pandemic season. He averaged 16.4 points per game and shot 40% from the floor for the Orange this past season.

Girard, 22, said he decided in March to enter the NCAA transfer portal and leave Syracuse for his final year in the wake of longtime coach Jim Boeheim’s retirement. Boeheim coached the Orange to a 17-15 record in his final season.

“With Coach Boeheim being gone, I wanted to expand my horizons and start something new,” Girard said by phone Sunday evening. “I feel blessed that I had that Covid year and I could explore my options. I wanted to go somewhere that I’m excited about — starting new and making the most of the one year I have left.”

Girard, who graduates from Syracuse this coming weekend with a bachelor’s degree in sports management, said he plans to pursue his master’s degree while he plays at Clemson. He made the ACC All-Academic team for the third straight season.

He said his decision came down to either Clemson or LSU, the two schools he visited in April. Clemson won out because he felt more “comfortable” with the school in South Carolina. The Tigers, coached by Brad Brownell, finished 23-11 last season.

Keeping Up With The 315 5-9-23 (ESPN; radio; The 315)

Brian Higgins starts the show with more portal news, including Donnie Freeman’s impending decision, center watch, and a look at if Judah Mintz will be invited to the NBA combine. But wait… what in the world does Mintz’s latest tweet mean?! Brian dives into it to end the show.

Joe Tipton "The 315" 5-9-23 (ESPN; radio; The 315)

Joe Tipton (@TiptonEdits), national recruiting expert for On3, joins Brian Higgins to discuss the likelihood of Judah Mintz returning to SU and Donnie Freeman playing for the Orange, how Adrian Autry is being received on the recruiting trail and in the transfer portal, and more.

30 Minutes In Orange Nation 5-9-23 (ESPN; radio; Orange Nation)

Steve and Paulie start the show discussing Bob Huggins’ gaffe on the radio yesterday and what the repercussions should be. Then, the guys analyze how Syracuse men’s basketball is doing on the recruiting trail and whether the perception matches the reality. Later, Jordan tries to talk NBA but Paulie wants to talk scary mascots… Guess who wins that battle?

Syracuse guard Judah Mintz receives invitation to NBA combine (PS; Waters)

Syracuse guard Judah Mintz has received an invitation to the NBA’s annual combine, which begins on May 15 in Chicago.

The NBA sent out invitations to 78 players to participate in this year’s combine. The combine is held in advance of the NBA draft, which will be held on June 22. This year’s draft consists of 58 picks over the course of two rounds.

Here is the full combine list, per the NBA. Note that Victor Wembanyama is not participating, with his season still in progress in France.
— Jeremy Woo (@JeremyWoo) May 9, 2023

Strength and agility drills and shooting drills will be broadcast live on the NBA App on Monday, May 15 from 3-5 p.m. ET.

Coverage of the combine will continue on Wednesday, May 17 on ESPN2 from 2-6 p.m. ET, and continues Thursday, May 18 from 4-8 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

The 2023 NBA Draft Lottery will take place on Tuesday, May 16. This is the last year that players invited in the combine will not be required to participate in all activities.

Mintz started all 32 games for Syracuse as a freshman last season. He led all ACC rookies in scoring (16.3 points per game) and assists (4.6 per game). He led the conference with 59 steals.



Movie cameras are pictured during American High's production of "The Binge" in Hanover Square, Syracuse, N.Y., on October 9, 2019. (Scott Schild |

Want to be in a movie? New Syracuse film needs more than 1,000 extras (PS; Herbert)

A new movie filming in Central New York is looking for hundreds of people to be extras.

AND Casting owner Annie Delano announced a casting call for about 1,300 people, especially those between the ages of 18 and 30, to be background actors for prom and college party scenes in Syracuse and the surrounding area. Roles will be available starting May 10 through June.

All ages, genders and ethnicities are invited to apply to be an extra at Application | AND Casting by Annie Delano. Signing up is free.

Once people sign up, they will be notified via email with further details as the roles open up over the course of filming. The average background extra makes around $200 a day, Delano said. People can work one day or multiple days as needed; no training is required.

All Covid restrictions have been lifted for film productions. Masks are optional, no testing and no proof of vaccination is required.

Details of the movie, including the title, director, cast and plot, have not been announced. The timing of the production appears to be the same as Liverpool-based studio American High’s 16th movie, which recently said it was looking for specific cars to appear on screen.

Coca-Cola to build Northeast’s largest dairy plant near Rochester

The Coca-Cola company plans to build a $650 million, 100-acre milk production plant outside Rochester, N.Y., that would draw from local dairy farms and create an estimated 250 jobs, officials said Tuesday.

The 745,000 square-foot factory for Coca-Cola’s Fairlife milk brand is set to be planted in a grassy, tangled stretch in the town of Webster, east of Rochester, and would be the largest dairy plant in the northeast, according to Gov. Hochul’s office.

Announcing that it had selected Webster as the site of the plant, Coca-Cola cited the town’s location between dynamic dairy cooperatives in the Rochester and Niagara regions. The factory is due to be built by 2025, with construction beginning in 2023, Coca-Cola said.

Hochul said in a statement that Coca-Cola’s decision “marks the next chapter in New York’s agricultural success story” and came over stiff competition from other states. The dairy industry represents New York State’s largest agricultural sector.

“New York’s dairy industry serves as a crucial economic engine for our state,” Hochul said in the statement. “Coming from a family of dairy farmers in Ireland, I am proud to have secured this major opportunity to position our state as one of the nation’s top dairy producers.”

Fairlife, which launched a decade ago, produces heavily filtered high-protein, low-sugar milk products free of lactose. It also produces protein shakes.

Fairlife’s annual sales exceed $1 billion, according to Coca-Cola, which acquired the dairy company in 2020. Tim Doelman, chief executive of Fairlife, said demand for his company’s products has never been higher.


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