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No recent Cali or Iggy awards; Mr Irrelevant
Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to National Fried Chicken Day!

Fried chicken, also known as Southern fried chicken, is eaten today. In order to make it, chicken is usually cut at the joints into smaller pieces, and the skin and bones are left on. It is coated in batter, which is made of ingredients such as eggs, milk, flour, and seasoning. It is then pan-fried, deep fried, or pressure fried in lard or oil. It ends up with a crisp or crunchy outside and a juicy inside.

The Scottish were the first Europeans to fry their chicken in fat, although they didn't use seasoning. Many ethnic groups in West Africa made seasoned fried chicken, that they battered and then cooked in palm oil. Today's fried chicken has its roots in the American South, where African Americans combined the frying techniques of the Scottish with the seasoning methods of West Africa.

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Syracuse Orange guard Judah Mintz (3) defended by Pittsburgh Panthers guard Nike Sibande (22) at the Petersen Events Center, Pittsburgh, PA, Saturday February 25, 2023. Scott Schild | Scott Schild |

What does Mintz’s 3-point shooting in high school indicate for next season? (Mike’s mailbox) (PS; $; Waters)

We are in the dog days of summer, but things are still jumping at Mike’s Mailbox.

Syracuse fans are looking ahead to not only the 2023-24 season, but the years beyond that with questions about next year’s Orange and Syracuse’s recruiting future.

No need to wait. Let’s get to those questions.

Q: I seem to remember seeing Judah Mintz’s 3-point shooting percentage from when he was at Oak Hill Academy and it was pretty good (in the 40 percent range, maybe). Do you have that statistic by any chance?

Dennis M.

Your memory serves you well, Dennis, and it should also serve as a positive sign for the Syracuse Orange next season.

In his 2021-22 season at Oak Hill Academy, Judah Mintz averaged 15.2 points per game. He did so while making 53% of his field-goal attempts. More importantly, Mintz connected on 18 of his 39 shots from 3-point range. That was good for a .461 percentage.

Now, no one is expecting Mintz to shoot that well from 3-point range next season, but it would seem to indicate he’s capable of shooting better than the 30.3% he posted as a freshman at Syracuse last year.

There’s another reason to think Mintz’s 3-point shooting numbers will increase. After starting the year 5-for-21 on 3-pointers, in Syracuse’s 20 ACC games, Mintz went 15-for-45 (33%) from beyond the arc.

Q: I know Syracuse has an abundance of centers, but I’d like to see them play smaller by utilizing Maliq Brown at the five. Do you anticipate that’s going to be a viable option this coming season?



New Syracuse basketball 4-star target from D.C. interested in visiting ‘Cuse (itlh; Adler)

New Syracuse basketball 2025 four-star recruiting target Derek Dixon from Washington, D.C., is interested in taking a visit to the Hill in the future, according to multiple media reports.

The Orange coaching staff offered a scholarship to him on June 15, on the same day that the contact period opened up for the rising-junior class, enabling college coaches to initiate direct communication with 2025 players.

Dixon is a 6-foot-4 combo guard and a top-100 national prospect in this cycle, according to several recruiting services. He suits up for one of the best teams in D.C., Gonzaga College High School, which is a member of the loaded Washington Catholic Athletic Conference.

On the AAU circuit, Dixon competes for the 16U squad of the Washington, D.C.-based Team Takeover in Nike’s EYBL league. There are a lot of strong connections between the ‘Cuse coaching staff and Team Takeover, as I’ve outlined many times.



Syracuse basketball has reached out to numerous 4-stars, 5-stars in 2025 (itlh; Adler)

The contact period for the 2025 class opened up on June 15, and since that time, Syracuse basketball coaches have reached out to a variety of four-star and five-star prospects in this cycle, according to recruiting analysts and scouts.

On June 15, college coaches could begin initiating direct communication with players in the rising-junior class. On that date, schools across the country begin texting and calling 2025 prospects, with those communications often resulting in new scholarship offers.

Prior to the contact period commencing, as I’ve noted in numerous columns, the Orange coaching staff had already offered scholarships to numerous 2025 players. And ‘Cuse coaches, certainly, could end up offering new targets whom the Orange made contact with on or around June 15.

This list below isn’t meant to be fully exhaustive, as it’s absolutely possible that Syracuse basketball coaches have reached out to other 2025 prospects of whom I’m not currently aware.

Let’s review some 2025 players who have heard from Syracuse basketball in recent weeks.

Potential New Recruits

Jacob Ross

Ross is a four-star small forward. The 6-foot-7 Ross goes to the powerhouse Long Island Lutheran High School in Brookville, N.Y.

2025 @LuHiBasketball/@TeamMe7oEYBL G Jacob Ross has heard from the following schools:
Ohio State
Mississippi State
Robert Morris
Penn State
— Colby Giacubeno (@ColbyGHoops) June 15, 2023

Joson Sanon
Sanon is a five-star wing rated in the top-20 nationally, according to several recruiting services. The 6-foot-6 shooting guard/small forward is out of the Vermont Academy in Saxtons River, Vt. I wrote a column about Sanon last November.

2025 5 Joson Sanon told me these schools have reached out since the direct contact period began:
Ohio State
Michigan State
Boston College
One of the fastest risers in 2025. #4 in the ‘25 class, per…
— 24/7 High School Hoops (@247HSHoops) June 15, 2023

Juan Guerrero Hernandez
The 6-foot-3 Hernandez is a combo guard at Grafton High School in Grafton, Wis. At this time, I don’t see him within the national rankings for the 2025 cycle.

Akbar Waheed III
Waheed is a 6-foot-6 guard who attends the Georgetown Preparatory School in North Bethesda, Md. In its latest 2025 ratings, On3 has him as three stars and just inside the top 140 of this class.

2025 prospect Akbar Waheed III has heard from the following schools since the 15th, he tells me:
Penn St.
Miami (OH)
Boston College
Notre Dame
& more
— Recruits Zone (@recruitszone) June 21, 2023

Jalen Rougier-Roane
Rougier-Roane is a 6-foot-5 guard who is with the Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. On3 ranks him as three stars and in the top 130 of this cycle.

Top-50 sophomore Jalen Rougier-Roane has heard from Penn State, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Penn, Indiana, Villanova, SMU, Providence, Virginia, Xavier, Maryland, Va. Tech, Miami, amongst others, he told @Stockrisers.
Xavier & Penn State have also both offered.
— Jake (@jakeweingarten) June 18, 2023

Derek Dixon
Dixon is a 6-foot-5 combo guard. The four-star prospect is out of Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C. On June 15, the first day of the 2025 contact period, Dixon said on Twitter that he landed a scholarship offer from Syracuse basketball coaches.

More 5 stars for Syracuse basketball priority target Jalil Bethea, into top 10 (itlh; Adler)

As Syracuse basketball 2024 priority recruit Jalil Bethea this week looks to claim a 2023 Peach Jam crown, the five-star guard continues to fly up the charts on a national scale.

The primary recruiting services have updated their national rankings for the rising-senior class of late, and the 6-foot-4 Bethea is now a consensus top-20 overall player in the 2024 cycle.

What’s more, he’s moved to five stars and is inside the top 10 nationally, per ESPN.

Should Jalil Bethea play at a high level at Peach Jam – and part of this event comes during an NCAA live period where college coaches will be in attendance – and in his senior year of high school, I see no reason why he can’t significantly contend for the No. 1 national rating in the 2024 class.

Syracuse basketball priority target Jalil Bethea is perhaps the hottest 2024 prospect out there.

The Orange coaching staff continues to recruit Bethea hard, he has said in numerous recent interviews. The ‘Cuse offered him a scholarship in September of 2022, and he took an official visit to the Hill the following month. Bethea has said he may visit Syracuse basketball again.

Dan Greene "The 315" 7-5-23 (ESPN; radio; The 315)

Dan Greene, sports law professor at SUNY Cortland & attorney for Newman & Lickstein, joins Brian Higgins to discuss New York's response to the NCAA's memo on NIL and what the next moves may be from both parties. (SI; McAllister)

New York State modified its NIL law and it appears to strip power from the NCAA. Here is how the modification reads:

(d) An athletic associated, conference or other group or organization with authority over intercollegiate athletics, including but not limited to the NCAA, shall not and shall not authorize its member institutions to:

(i) prevent a college from participation in intercollegiate athletics because a student-athlete in attendance has previously earned or intended to earn compensation for his or her name, image, or likeness;

(ii) entertain a complaint, open an investigation, or take any other adverse action against a college for engaging in any activity protected in this section or for involvement in a student-athlete's name, image, or likeness; or

(iii) penalize or prevent a college from participation in intercollegiate athletics because an individual or entity whose purpose includes supporting or benefitting the college or its athletic programs or student-athletes violates the collegiate athletic association's rules or regulations with regard to a student-athlete's name, image, or likeness.

All Syracuse spoke with a legal source in order to get further clarification on the impact of this modification.

"Just reading it on its face right now, it sounds like the NCAA can't do anything in New York to enforce anything having to do with NIL," the source said. "State law would trump any private regulations the NCAA has with its member schools in New York."

After push from Syracuse, Hochul signs NIL bill that aims to weaken NCAA authority (PS; Carlson)

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a state law last week that makes it illegal for the NCAA to prohibit a New York school from facilitating name, image and likeness arrangements for its athletes and forbids the NCAA from punishing a New York school for any rule violation that involves an NIL deal.

Syracuse University pushed heavily for the law to be approved over the past two months, and the state joined Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma in passing similar bills that create questions about how the NCAA will be able to enforce its own rules.

The NCAA has said that the flurry of state laws won’t stop it from enforcing its rules. It distributed a memo last week saying schools are expected to continue to follow them, even if state laws provide additional freedoms.

The memo said schools are members of the NCAA voluntarily and that if they don’t like the rules, they should seek to change them through the organization’s procedures.

Jimmy Boeheim and Marek Dolezaj sign new pro deals (; Sims)

Two former Syracuse Orange standouts have inked new pro deals.

Jimmy Boeheim will play his second Professional season in Germany. Boeheim started last season playing in Greece before moving on to play in the Czech League.

Marek Dolezaj is headed to Iceland. Dolezaj signed a deal to play in the Subway League next season.



The Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency has asked the town of Clay to rezone 862 acres of land (shown in light green at right) at White Pine Commerce Park from residential and agricultural to industrial. The other 339 acres (shown in dark green to the left) in the park are already zoned industrial. The rezoning is need for Micron Technology's planned semiconductor fabrication plant. (Onondaga County IDA)

Clay moves closer to taking key step for Micron semiconductor plant (PS; $; Moriarty)

The town of Clay is inching closer to taking a key step needed for Micron Technology to build a massive semiconductor plant that would employ thousands and make Central New York a high-tech manufacturing powerhouse.

The Clay Planning Board voted 5-1 on June 14 to recommend the town rezone 862 acres of the 1,200-acre White Pine Commerce Park at Route 31 and Caughdenoy Road from residential and agricultural to industrial. The other 339 acres of the park are already zoned for industrial use.

Micron, one of the world’s biggest semiconductor makers, needs the land rezoned so it can move forward with construction of a memory chip plant it says will cost up to $100 billion and employ up to 50,000 people, directly and indirectly, over the next 20 years.

County officials say the Boise, Idaho, based company will not submit site plans for the plant until the land is rezoned. So, no rezone, no project.

The planning board approval is just a recommendation. The Clay Town Board will make the decision on whether to rezone the land or not.

Town Supervisor Damian Ulatowski, a strong supporter of the project, said he expects the board to approve the rezoning at its meeting on July 17 after reviewing the planning board’s recommendation and comments the two boards received at a public hearing on June 7.

How a small Central NY police agency helped crack national ring that stole items worth millions (PS; Alba)

Thieves hastily broke into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Madison County in the middle of the night in November 2015.

They smashed windows and used axes to break open display cases that held six championship boxing belts.

Four belts belonged to Canastota native Carmen Basilio, 1957 Fighter of the Year, a hometown hero and an inspiration behind the creation of the hall of fame. The other two were given to Tony Zale, known as the “Man of Steel,” and a 1991 hall of famer.

The thieves got away clean with the belts, but they left something behind. Some blood, possibly from a cut from when they broke in through a window.

Canastota police collected the blood as part of the crime scene investigation. The DNA sat in a national crime database for years.

About a year ago, a match was made.

That match, along with other genetic matches and evidence from other police agencies, helped unravel a nationwide theft ring that stole art and sports memorabilia worth millions over more than 20 years.

Federal authorities announced in June that nine people have been indicted on conspiracy charges for operating the ring that stole Yogi Berra MVP plaques, World Series rings, paintings, antique guns and the boxing championship belts.

The earliest burglary dates back to 1999. Across four states and 21 break-ins, thieves broke into museums celebrating baseball, golf, racing and boxing icons, a college and several jewelry stores, according to the indictments.

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