No recent Cali or Iggy awards; Mr Irrelevant
- Aug 15, 2011
The internet and World Wide Web weren't born in a day, so their birthdates aren't singular events. But August 23rd doesn't even register as a date when a significant event related to the internet or the World Wide Web took place. Still, Internaut Day, observed on August 23rd, celebrates the invention of the World Wide Web. (The World Wide Web and the internet are distinct from each other, and "internaut" can be defined as a person who has a deep knowledge of how to use the internet, as well as of its history.)
Internaut Day has been marked since at least 2013. That year, it was given credence by CNN when they mentioned it during a broadcast. Not much became of it, but the date was given further credence in 2016 when Facebook released a message on August 23rd that said, "The web opened up to the world 25 years ago today. We thank Sir Tim Berners-Lee and other internet pioneers for making the world more open and connected." Berners-Lee himself tweeted that August 23rd wasn't the correct date. Nonetheless, the World Wide Web is celebrated today with Internaut Day.
Syracuse Basketball: Fast-rising 4-star PG to visit for Orange’s Elite Camp (itlh; Adler)
Nigel James from New York state, who had a stellar spring and summer on the AAU circuit, plans to take an unofficial visit to Syracuse basketball this Saturday to compete in the team’s Elite Camp, according to a recent interview he gave with a recruiting expert.
The 6-foot James, a fast-rising four-star point guard in the 2025 class, recently discussed the latest in his recruitment with noted analyst/scout Colby Giacubeno. In that interview, James confirmed that he will make a trip to the Hill for the Orange’s annual Elite Camp.
I’m excited about this development. I’ve kept a close eye on James in recent months as he starred for the 16U group of the Boston-based Expressions Elite in Nike’s EYBL league.
James earned high marks from analysts and scouts for his performances with Expressions, including at last month’s Peach Jam tournament in North Augusta, S.C.
Nigel James, a 2025 four-star PG, will attend the upcoming Syracuse basketball Elite Camp.
James, who was born in New York City and grew up in the town of Huntington on Long Island, recently decided to transfer for his junior year from the Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Mass., to the powerhouse Long Island Lutheran High School in Brookville, N.Y., which is a member of the loaded 10-team National Interscholastic Basketball Conference (“NIBC”).
At Long Island Lutheran in the upcoming 2023-24 campaign, James will play alongside several excellent high-school prospects, including 2025 four-star shooting guard Kiyan Anthony, who received a scholarship offer from the ‘Cuse last November and is a priority target for the Orange in this cycle.
By the way, as I’ve noted in several columns over the past week or so, Syracuse basketball 2024 commit Donnie Freeman, a 6-foot-9, four-star power forward, recently said that he would transfer for his senior season from St. John’s College High School in Washington, D.C., to another NIBC program, the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
In his interview with Giacubeno, James said that he grew up watching the ‘Cuse a lot, and he noted that his new Long Island Lutheran teammate Kiyan Anthony is the son of Orange legend Carmelo Anthony, who won a national championship with Syracuse basketball during the 2002-03 term.
I’m hopeful that the ‘Cuse coaching staff will offer James following the team’s Elite Camp.
Syracuse basketball in ‘good spot’ with 5-star, says insider Trilly Donovan (itlh; Adler)
It’s likely that we’re heading down the home stretch in the recruiting process of 2024 five-star guard Jalil Bethea from the Philadelphia area, who has Syracuse basketball in his top five but is also reportedly receiving interest from blue-bloods Duke and Kentucky.
Beginning at the end of August, the 6-foot-4 Bethea is planning to take official visits to all five of his finalists, starting with Kansas, according to media reports. His top five consist of the Orange, Alabama, Kansas, Miami and Villanova.
Bethea, a consensus top-20 national prospect in the rising-senior class, will reportedly take a second official visit to the ‘Cuse in mid-September. He also officially visited the ‘Cuse last fall, not long after the team offered a scholarship to him.
At present, I don’t see any analyst predictions for Bethea on the 247Sports Web site, or the On3 Web site. However, I have come across comments lately from national recruiting analysts and other insiders that do speak to Syracuse basketball being a strong contender for him.
Syracuse basketball is putting on a full-court press for 2024 five-star guard Jalil Bethea.
Of course, with Duke and Kentucky having interest, and all five of his finalists being excellent programs, it’s tough to gauge a true front-runner at this point, especially with all of these official visits approaching for Bethea in the near future.
I had a little back-and-forth exchange not too long ago on Twitter with noted insider Trilly Donovan, who comes out with scoops seemingly all the time on basketball-related developments.
Donovan acknowledged that competition is fierce to prevail in Bethea’s recruitment, but the insider wrote “Cuse is in a good spot right now.”
I followed up by asking Donovan if he viewed any of Bethea’s five finalists as a favorite (or favorites) these days, and Donovan responded, “Cuse/Kansas as of right now. Lot of visits coming up though so should have a clearer picture then.”
In a recent article, 247Sports national basketball director Eric Bossi discussed the recruitments of various top-flight 2024 players, including Bethea. It’s a subscriber-exclusive story, so I won’t be sharing details, but I will briefly note that Kansas’ name came up, as did Syracuse basketball, among others.
Late last month, I asked national analyst Rob Cassidy about Bethea as well, and Cassidy did speak favorably about the Orange’s chances, while also noting the Jayhawks and other suitors.
The long and short of it is that until Bethea begins taking his official visits in the coming weeks, we’re not going to really know where the ‘Cuse and his other finalists stand. Syracuse basketball coaches, for a long time, have prioritized Bethea, so if he ultimately chooses another school, it won’t be because the Orange coaching staff didn’t put in a significant effort (and 2024 four-star commit Donnie Freeman is doing his part as well).
It’s always encouraging to hear that the ‘Cuse is in a good spot with a five-star prospect, according to a top insider like Trilly Donovan. But even he acknowledges that until the official visits come and go, things aren’t super clear about which direction Bethea may be leaning.
We also have to keep in mind the name, image and likeness issue and how that might factor into everything.
Location for the new Art in the Atrium gallery venue
Art in the atrium: New gallery space opens in the heart of downtown Syracuse (PS; CNY Arts)
CNY Arts announced a new, year-long partnership with Chashama, an art organization committed to transforming unused real estate into work and presentation space for artists. In collaboration with the City of Syracuse, and additional support from the Central New York Community Foundation, CNY Arts and Chashama will repurpose City Hall Commons Atrium, located across from Hanover Square, to provide a multidisciplinary gallery and programming space for Central New York artists.
The inaugural exhibit will feature a multidisciplinary selection of local artists, each of whom received an award from the Arts and Culture Recovery Fund, a grant program administered by CNY Arts. Resources for the fund were provided by the City of Syracuse through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The fund offered relief to Syracuse artists and art organizations who experienced pandemic-related hardship. Projects supported by the fund helped stimulate economic activity, generate tax revenue, and created meaningful employment for industry professionals.
Beginning Friday, Aug. 25, Recovery Fund grant recipients will share their work with the public at the atrium. Titled “Syracuse Strong,” this exhibit includes paintings by Richell Castellon, mixed-media visual art by Michael Schwarzer, and photography by Ellen Blalock and Tony Washington, among others. Washington also helped fabricate display walls for Atrium artists to display their work.