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No recent Cali or Iggy awards; Mr Irrelevant
Aug 15, 2011

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Syracuse Basketball: NBA Draft analyst lauds 4-star commit, 5-star recruit (itlh; Adler)

One of the top NBA Draft analysts out there is showering some nice praise in the direction of a Syracuse basketball 2024 four-star commit and an Orange 2024 five-star priority recruit.

The prestigious 2023 Nike Skills Academy has transpired in recent days in Portland, Ore., and some familiar faces are in attendance, according to media reports. On the high-school side, those competing include ‘Cuse 2024 pledge Donnie Freeman from Washington, D.C., and SU 2024 priority target Jalil Bethea out of the Philadelphia area.

The 2023 Nike Skills Academy Rosters @NikeEYB
— The Circuit (@TheCircuit) August 8, 2023

Additionally, per social media posts, the college roster at this year’s Nike Skills Academy features Syracuse basketball sophomore point guard Judah Mintz. Jonathan Givony, a well-respected NBA Draft analyst for ESPN, notes that representatives from NBA teams are checking out this showcase event.

In a couple of recent tweets, Givony had positive things to say about the 6-foot-9 Freeman, a four-star power forward, and the 6-foot-4 Bethea, a five-star point guard/shooting guard. Given that NBA reps are watching, this is fabulous news for Donnie and Jalil.


Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski/NBAE via Getty Images

Syracuse men’s basketball: Judah Mintz projected as first round selection in 2024 NBA mock drafts (TNIAAM; Chiappone)

With the start of the Syracuse Orange men’s basketball season nearing, anticipation looms over how this team will perform under first-year head coach Adrian Autry.

Fortunately, Autry will start this upcoming season off with a foundational bedrock in starting point guard Judah Mintz. With a new coach at the helm and a busy offseason behind the Orange, Mintz will find himself at the forefront of the Syracuse program moving forward. If that’s the case, expect Mintz to start shooting up the NBA Draft boards as the 2023-2024 season progresses.

Mintz (16.3 points, 4.6 assists and 1.8 steals per game this past season) is projected to be selected 27th overall in the 2024 NBA Draft, according to the latest mock published by Sam Vecenie of The Athletic on Monday. Vecenie said Mintz has a likely chance to be a second-year breakout candidate for the Orange, especially given his athleticism and creativity as a shot-maker.

Which former Big East schools have had the most success in ACC? (Mike’s mailbox) (PS; $; Waters)

Mike’s Mailbox is often a reflection of recent news of the day. Lately, the news has been dominated by conference expansion.

The Mailbox is full of expansion questions this week, including one that looks back on the success; or lack thereof, for the teams that left the Big East for the ACC back in 2013.

Q: Which of the four old Big East schools (Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Louisville and Boston College) have had the most success in the ACC in terms of basketball?

John M.

The schools that left the Big East to join the ACC include Boston College (2005), Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame (2013) and Louisville (2014). So that’s really five former Big East schools now playing basketball in the ACC.

None of the former Big East schools have enjoyed the same level of success that they had in the ACC.

Syracuse has a 98-86 record in conference play since joining the ACC for a .532 winning percentage. Louisville is the only former Big East school with a winning percentage above .500 in the ACC. In their nine years in the ACC, the Cardinals are 86-77 in league play (.527).

Maui Invitational ‘monitoring’ wildfire situation; Lahaina Civic Center evacuated (PS; Lawson)

Raging wildfires across the west coast of Maui forced evacuations early Wednesday morning, potentially jeopardizing the island’s ability to host the Maui Invitational college basketball tournament this November.

Syracuse is one of eight teams scheduled to compete in the Maui Invitational, but destructive wildfires spread across the Lahaina area late Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, prompting residents to evacuate homes and take shelter elsewhere on the island. Others fled into the ocean to escape wildfire flames.

The tournament’s host venue, the Lahaina Civic Center, was initially used as an evacuation site, but residents taking shelter at the facility were redirected to local community centers as fires continued to spread through the city.

It’s unclear if the Lahaina Civic Center sustained damage as a result of the fires.

Maui Invitational officials have not made any decisions regarding the status of the upcoming tournament, only posting a short statement to the event’s Twitter page.

“We are actively monitoring the wildfire situation on Maui,” the statement read. “Our main concern right now is the safety and well-being of our Maui ‘Ohana and the first responders that we know are doing everything in their power to keep the island safe. We will share more information as it becomes available.”

The event is planned for Nov. 20-22 at Lahaina Civic Center. Chaminade, Gonzaga, Kansas, Marquette, Purdue, Tennessee and UCLA round out the field.

The Orange is scheduled to play Tennessee in the opening round.

Kolinski: Coaching as a single mom, Nancy Lieberman and coming home to Le Moyne (podcast) (PS; $; podcast; Waters)

Katie Kolinski was riding in a van to the NCAA women’s Final Four. In the van were some of the game’s most legendary players.

Lisa Leslie. Cheryl Miller. Ann Meyers. And Nancy Lieberman.

“I’m sitting in this van and I’m like, ‘I do not belong here,’ ” Kolinski said, recounting her ride with greatness during an appearance on the Inside Syracuse Basketball podcast.

The van ride came as a result of Lieberman, a Hall of Famer and one of the greatest players in women’s basketball history. Lieberman has been a mentor to the Syracuse graduate, who was recently named an assistant women’s coach at Le Moyne College.

Kolinski explained she met Lieberman through SU’s strength and conditioning coach Ryan Cabiles.

“I’m really lucky to have somebody like Nancy who allows me to experience that stuff,’' Kolinski said.

Kolinski grew up in Warners, New York. She worked as a manager for the Syracuse men’s basketball team. She gradauted in 2016 and then spent the next two years as a graduate assistant, the first female grad assistant in the history of the SU men’s program.


14 Fun Facts about the Orange’s Hall of Famer Mascot - (

From zesty beginnings to Hall of Fame glory, learn about Otto the Orange’s journey to superstardom.

On Aug. 12, Otto the Orange will officially enter the world of sports legends as an inductee of the Mascot Hall of Fame in Whiting, Indiana. Otto secured the coveted spot by collecting more than 19,000 votes from 67 countries in two weeks of online balloting and the support of the Hall’s membership and executive committee. Perhaps it was no surprise to Otto that the Orange Nation global fan base stretches from South Africa to Finland, Chile to Canada, New Zealand to South Korea.

Otto will be joined at the ceremony by fellow inductee Slugger of minor league baseball’s Portland Sea Dogs. The pair topped 16 other nominees to attain the lofty status that they’ll share with such Hall luminaries as the Phillie Phanatic, Mr. Met and Bucky Badger.

The ever-lovable orange bested three Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) rivals—Georgia Tech’s Buzz the bee, North Carolina’s Rameses the ram, and the Duke Blue Devil—on the ballot and is now one of only nine collegiate Hall of Famers and the sole ACC mascot to reach the elite echelon.

“Nearly 100 Syracuse alums have given countless hours and amounts of energy to bringing Otto to life and developing such an impactful and recognizable character,” says Julie Walas ’07, G’13, an Otto alum and coach of the mascot program. “I couldn’t be more grateful for all of their hard work and dedication, or prouder for all of us Syracuse fans for this amazing recognition—what an incredible honor to get the call from the Mascot Hall of Fame this year.”

Get to Know Otto Link

Otto’s journey to the summit of mascot superstardom began more than four decades ago. Here are some fun facts and highlights of the spirited orange’s illustrious career.


Micron spends up to $75,000 to put its name on a big NY State Fair building (PS; Coin)

There’s a new sponsor this year for the New York State Fair’s Center of Progress building: Idaho-based Micron Technology.

Micron, which plans to build a $100 billion semiconductor manufacturing complex in Onondaga County, will showcase its name on one of the biggest buildings at the biggest gathering place in Central New York. The fair draws about 1 million visitors each year.

A fair spokeswoman said Micron will be a “Blue Ribbon Sponsor.” According to the fair’s rate schedule, that means Micron will pay $50,000 to $74,999. For that amount, Micron will get banners on the outside of the Center of Progress that say “Presented by Micron,” and a 625-square-foot banner in the Expo Center, the fair’s biggest building. Post-Standard this week requested a copy of the contract between Micron and the fair, but has not received it.

With 60,000 square feet of wide-open space, the Center of Progress is among the fair’s biggest venues. During the fair, the building is home to dozens of booths of gadget vendors, state agencies, public employee unions and nonprofit organizations. Also inside is the 180-ton sand sculpture, one of the fair’s most popular perennial exhibits.

This year’s fair runs from Aug. 23 to Sept. 4.

Micron announced in October it would build a massive semiconductor manufacturing complex in the town of Clay. The company plans to build four fabrication plants, or fabs, each covering 1.2 million feet of ground. Construction on the first fab is scheduled to start late next year, and the final fab is slated to be done in 2043.


Lala Lu in E. Syracuse: Theatrical dining where service is the star (Dining Out Review) (PS; $; Paventi)

Let’s be honest: the tableside caccio e pepe at Lala Lu is about the show. Housemade fettuccine is quickly cooked on a tableside burner, while pecorino romano and pasta water are loosely mixed into a sauce. Grain alcohol poured into a hollowed-out pecorino wheel is set on fire to soften the exposed layer of cheese, before the pasta and cheese sauce are added. A healthy serving of freshly-ground black pepper joins the party before being thoroughly tossed and served.

It’s a perfectly fine bowl of pasta. The sauce clings to al dente pasta without being clumpy or gooey. We picked up a hint of a chemically, cooked alcohol flavor in our first bite, but otherwise this was executed well.

At $32, it’s one of the lesser values on the menu — the finished product would serve one person as an entree — but you’re not simply ordering a bowl of pasta. You’re paying for the experience of the tableside preparation, as well as being seen ordering it, in a dining room built for photos and rubbernecking.


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Syracuse zoo's ‘miracle’ twin baby elephants have grown into 650-pound toddlers (PS; Tulloch)

Rosamond Gifford Zoo made national news last fall when mother elephant Mali gave birth to twin “miracle baby” elephants.

Never before had twin elephant calves survived in a zoo in North America or Europe.

Today, the twin elephants are growing up fast. Tukada weighed 237 pounds and Yaad weighed 220 pounds when they were born. Now they each weigh 650 pounds. That’s about the heft of a baby grand piano.

After a few months feeding on Mali’s milk, the twins began eating solid food like as grapes and mashed apples. Now, they try all the foods the adult elephants eat: fruits, vegetables, grain and a little hay.

They enjoy special treats like jelly beans and marshmallows during training sessions.

The twins are playful and curious, often walking close to their mother and each other. Sometimes they whip their trunks around like pinwheels. They’re growing out their thick tufts of baby hair. (The calves will lose this hair as they grow older.)
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