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- Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to International Swallows Depart From San Juan Capistrano Day!
We celebrate International Swallows Depart from San Juan Capistrano Day on October 23. It is a day to witness the mass migration and admire the natural grace and beauty of swallows. Swallows are tiny, elegant birds with dark-blue backs and white underparts. They have pumpkin-colored rumps and a light patch on their forehead. Countless birds flock together and nest inside San Juan Capistrano on or around October 23. These birds spend their spring and summer in the church and return to Argentina for the winter. People travel long distances to admire the birds’ natural beauty and grace.
Syracuse Orange Basketball: Monroe Madness in Rochester N.Y.
Syracuse plays second intrasquad basketball game, this time in Rochester (Donna Ditota’s quick hits) (PS; $; Ditota)
Hello from Rochester!
We were here at the Blue Cross Arena to watch the Syracuse men’s and women’s basketball teams during intrasquad scrimmages and other assorted basketball activities.
There was deflating news before the event began: Chance Westry, the acclaimed 6-foot-6 guard, is out “indefinitely” with a lower-body injury he sustained in Thursday’s practice. He will need a medical procedure.
Westry had a knee issue last season at Auburn and was the final Orange player to be fully cleared to practice, Adrian Autry said last week.
Westry sat on the bench for Saturday’s event and walked out to greet his teammates when he was introduced to the crowd. He wasn’t using crutches, did not walk with a discernable limp and there was no visible brace. No idea if any of that means anything, but thought I should share.
Anyway, back to the action.
The men’s scrimmage teams:
Orange: Benny Williams, Justin Taylor, Kyle Cuffe, Will Patterson, Naheem McLeod, Niko Ruffin, Chris Gatty
Blue: JJ Starling, Chris Bell, Quadir Copeland, Maliq Brown, Mounir Hima, Chaz Owens, Anthony Clayton, Will Patterson
Judah Mintz was on the blue team but did not scrimmage. He was dressed in his practice uniform, unlike Westry and Peter Carey, who wore team warmups.
Mintz later gave a thumbs up to say he was fine; Adrian Autry said the same thing. So no reason to panic, Syracuse fans.
Starling looked really good in this scrimmage. He attacked the rim, he scored and he fed teammates. He and Copeland were on the same team so both of them played on the ball. On one play, Starling grabbed a rebound, pushed and fed Copeland on the break. He also made a beautiful baseline drive and left the ball for Maliq Brown to finish.
And Copeland continues to show why it will be hard to keep him off the floor this season. He passed the ball -- a slick feed to Hima was on his highlight reel. And he is relentless at reaching the paint and attacking the rim. He also made two 3-point shots in the game.
Seeing Kiyan Anthony, Carmelo in Syracuse basketball jerseys is glorious (itlh; Adler)
Kiyan Anthony, the fast-rising prospect and son of Syracuse basketball legend Carmelo Anthony, took his official visit to the Hill in recent days, and social media erupted with simply beautiful, wonderful photos of those two and Kiyan’s mom, actress La La Anthony.
I have to say, seeing photos of Kiyan, Carmelo and La La wearing Syracuse basketball jerseys on Kiyan’s official visit brought me to tears a bit. I’m a huge Orange hoops fanatic, and when the ‘Cuse won the national championship in April of 2003, with Carmelo Anthony leading the SU charge, it was one of the best nights of my life.
I had graduated from Syracuse University three years earlier, in 2000, but still, I was screaming my head off when the Orange held off Kansas to cut down the nets.
Fast-forward to the present, and I got some chills looking at photos of Melo and La La in Syracuse basketball jerseys with their son, Kiyan, who is a 2025 four-star shooting guard and a priority recruit for the ‘Cuse in the junior class.
Syracuse basketball hosted four-star Kiyan Anthony on an official visit.
Kiyan Anthony, a top-40 national prospect in the 2025 cycle, looked right at home in his Orange jersey on his official visit. Tons of Syracuse basketball fans were, like me, absolutely loving his official-visit photos with his parents. Kiyan’s photo holding the 2003 national-title trophy was dope, too.
Orange Nation, obviously, hopes that Kiyan Anthony picks Syracuse basketball when his recruiting process wraps up, but that’s by no means a guarantee, even if some ‘Cuse fans think it’s a lock that Anthony will ultimately head to Central New York for his collegiate hoops career.
That’s just not the case. Kiyan Anthony has made no secret that he has a high interest in the Orange, and the possibility of extending his dad’s legacy at the ‘Cuse is appealing to the four-star junior. Syracuse basketball coaches offered him a scholarship last November.
Rochester locals flock to 'Monroe Madness' for early glimpse at Autry era (DO; Schiff)
Lounging in an aisle seat among the second deck of attendance at Blue Cross Arena, Rickey Harris unraveled a 2023-24 Syracuse Basketball calendar to get a better look at its players.
This was the one year Harris hadn’t familiarized himself with SU’s roster. Mounting health issues barred him from following the new-look Orange. But Harris insisted that his health wouldn’t stop him from visiting the JMA Wireless Dome this year.
Born and raised in Rochester, Harris had driven through harsh winter weather before to watch Syracuse basketball. And when the tip-off times were late, he and his family stayed in hotels after the games.
“I’m a Syracuse fan no matter what,” Harris said. “We tried to do that as much as possible.”
On Saturday, SU’s men’s and women’s basketball teams hosted its annual “Monroe Madness” in Rochester, N.Y. The event included a variety of skills competitions and intrasquad scrimmages to provide local Syracuse basketball fans, like Harris, a glimpse at both programs for the upcoming season.
“It’s always good when you can get away from your normal surroundings and band together, get that closeness, whether it’s a bus ride or whatever the place may be,” Syracuse men’s head coach Adrian Autry said. “You just get cohesiveness, that closeness, so it’s always good to travel.”
Following a brief introduction of players from both programs, six women’s players were split into two groups to participate in a shooting challenge. Alyssa Latham drilled a half-court shot to win alongside Kyra Wood and Alaina Rice.
Syracuse guard Chance Westry out indefinitely with lower-body injury (DO; Bambini)
Syracuse guard Chance Westry will be out “indefinitely” after suffering an unknown lower-body injury in practice on Thursday, the team announced on social media Saturday afternoon. The injury will require a procedure.
Westry, a 6-foot-6 guard, transferred from Auburn to Syracuse in April, selecting the Orange over programs such as Creighton, St. John’s, Seton Hall and Penn State. In 11 contests with Auburn last year, he averaged 2.5 points.
Westry was one of several transfers that joined the program in the offseason, including fellow guards J.J. Starling (Notre Dame) and Kyle Cuffe Jr. (Kansas).
In October 2022, Westry underwent arthroscopic knee surgery. At the time, Auburn had said Westry would be out only for 3-to-4 weeks in a press release. He returned for those 11 games, last playing against Georgia on Jan. 4, before taking a medical redshirt and sitting out the rest of the season.
“It’s been great,” Westry told The Daily Orange about transitioning into the program on Oct. 15. “I just got back to practice two weeks ago, so compete and show what I got and staying ready.”
While the recovery time is unknown, it’s the first blow to the health of Syracuse’s squad, one which head coach Adrian Autry had said was “whole” and fully healthy for close to a month at his introductory press conference on Oct. 15. Autry also said that Westry had returned from injury ahead of schedule.
D.O. Sportscast: Brent Axe answers Syracuse sports' most pressing questions (DO; podcast; DO Sportscast)
On this episode of the D.O. Sportscast, syracuse.com columnist Brent Axe joins host Connor Smith to talk Syracuse football, NIL and the upcoming basketball season. Axe answers the most urgent questions surrounding SU sports, also explaining what Adam Weitsman is doing with Binghamton basketball.
30 Minutes in Orange Nation 10-20-23 (ESPN; radio; The 315)
Steve & Paulie started things off talking about Kiyan Anthony visiting Syracuse today. After, The guys took calls from viewers and discussed the latest news on the Michigan sign stealing scandal that some have claimed is worse than what the Patriots and Astros did.
Detroit Pistons waive Buddy Boeheim: What’s next for the former Syracuse basketball star? (PS; $: Waters)
The Detroit Pistons cut former Syracuse basketball star Buddy Boeheim on Saturday just two days ahead of the NBA’s Monday deadline for teams to finalize their opening night rosters.
Boeheim had been in Detroit’s preseason training camp on an Exhibit 10 contract. In waiving Boeheim before the start of the regular season, the Pistons avoided a hit to their salary cap.
Boeheim was one of four players waived by Detroit on Saturday. The others were Tosan Evbuomwan, Jontay Porter and Zavier Simpson.
Boeheim spent the 2022-23 season with the Pistons on a two-way deal. He appeared in 10 games with Detroit and 18 with the Pistons’ G-League affiliate, the Motor City Cruise. He averaged 12.1 points and made 37.4% of his 3-point attempts for the Motor City Cruise.
Syracuse Basketball: Expert says 4-star PG poised for big jump into top 60 (itlh; Adler)
Not too long ago, Syracuse basketball 2025 recruit Nigel James from New York state entered the top 100, according to recruiting service 247Sports.
The 6-foot James, a fast-rising player in the junior cycle, took an official visit to the Hill in mid-September. The four-star point guard went on an unofficial visit to the ‘Cuse in late August for the team’s annual Elite Camp, around which time he received a scholarship offer from the Orange coaching staff.
James has said of late that Syracuse basketball is one of the college squads recruiting him the hardest these days, and I’ve been told that he has a high interest in the ‘Cuse. That being said, James has a lot of impressive suitors, he continues to add offers, and his recruiting process could have a way to go.
Besides his visits to Central New York, earlier this month, top scout Andrew Slater said on X that the Syracuse basketball coaching staff was present during an open gym at his high school to watch James.
In recent days, an expert who extensively covers high-school hoops and recruiting across the Empire State said that he believes James is primed to shoot up the 2025 national rankings at some point, and I agree with this expert, the fantastic Brian Reichert.
Syracuse Basketball: 4-star London Jemison says he’s talking to SU ‘a lot’ (itlh; Adler)
London Jemison, a 2025 four-star wing from Connecticut who received a scholarship offer from Syracuse basketball in late September, says in an interview that he’s talking with the Orange coaching staff “a lot.”
The 6-foot-8 Jemison is a fast-rising prospect in his class who is rated as four stars and inside the top 150 nationally by several recruiting services. At this juncture in his recruiting process, he holds more than 15 offers from high-major programs in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Big East Conference and other leagues.
Recently, Jemison conducted an interview with the fantastic scouting service, Pro Insight, in which he discussed his recruitment, his team and individual goals, what he’s hard at work on as it relates to enhancing his skill set, and other topics.
New England Open Gym Tour : We spoke with ‘25 London Jemison this week and talked about what led him to join St. Thomas More, wanting to help the team compete for a national championship, how he’s looking to grow as a player, the latest with his recruitment, and more (sound … pic.twitter.com/pql1iEH3z2
— Pro Insight (@_proinsight) October 14, 2023
Jemison, who hails from Bloomfield, Conn., attends the powerhouse St. Thomas More School in Oakdale, Conn., after previously starring at Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford, Conn.
Syracuse basketball is in frequent contact with 2025 four-star wing London Jemison, he says.
In early May, he said on X that he would move from the 2024 class to the 2025 cycle, while transferring to St. Thomas More, which is a top-flight program within the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (“NEPSAC”).
Syracuse Basketball: 4-star high on SU playing style, has Kansas interest (itlh; Adler)
Syracuse basketball is among a handful of schools recruiting 2025 four-star combo guard Derek Dixon from Washington, D.C., the hardest these days, he recently told a national analyst.
The 6-foot-4 Dixon, who officially visited the Hill not too long ago, is rated as a top-80 national prospect and a top-10 combo guard in the junior cycle, according to multiple recruiting services.
A standout for the powerhouse Gonzaga College High School in D.C. and the Washington-based Team Takeover in Nike’s EYBL league, Dixon holds a bunch of scholarship offers from various high-major programs.
2025 four-star guard Derek Dixon (@DerekDixon03) is one of the more underrated players nationally in the junior class.
He spoke with @madehoops about Villanova, Virginia, Syracuse, and Pittsburgh, upcoming Nova visit, and recent Blue Blood interest.
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— Travis Graf (@TravisGrafHoops) October 17, 2023
He was offered by the ‘Cuse coaching staff on June 15 of this year, and Dixon also notes that he is receiving interest from Big 12 Conference juggernaut Kansas, which won the 2022 NCAA Tournament.
Syracuse basketball is a strong contender for 2025 four-star combo guard Derek Dixon.
Dixon is poised for a great 2023-24 campaign at Gonzaga, which is rated in the top 15 nationally according to a late August preseason top 25 from top high-school hoops analyst Samad Hines.
Syracuse basketball 4-star commit, 5-star targets to battle on national TV (itlh; Adler)
Do you want to watch Syracuse basketball 2024 commit Donnie Freeman, 2025 priority target Kiyan Anthony and other Orange recruits play on national television in mid-January of next year?
No problem. Consider it done.
The 2024 Spalding Hoophall Classic, annually the top showcase in high-school hoops, will take place from January 11 to January 15 of next year in Springfield, Mass., and this loaded event will feature a variety of highly rated prospects who have recruiting ties to Syracuse basketball. Fun things.
Freeman, a four-star power forward who verbally committed to the ‘Cuse in May, and Anthony, a four-star shooting guard who was set to officially visit the Hill this weekend, are just two of numerous players across several recruiting cycles who are expected to suit up in the 2024 Spalding Hoophall Classic and hold scholarship offers from the Orange coaching staff.
Kiyan Anthony Arrives For Official Visit (orangefizz.net; Griffin)
As the dust settles on what has been a fairly successful 2024 recruiting cycle, it’s time for Syracuse to start laying the groundwork for the class of 2025. Because Jim Boeheim had a piece in bringing Elijah Moore to Central New York (and to a lesser extent Donnie Freeman), this will be Adrian Autry’s first true recruiting class. You’d be hard pressed to find a better starting the point than the son of SU Basketball royalty. The Orange get their shot at just that with Kiyan Anthony in town for his official visit this weekend.
Breaking down a HUGE week for Nebraska Football recruiting
The timing of Kiyan’s visit is certainly interesting seeing as though there isn’t a football game this weekend let alone one at home. Syracuse is headed out to Rochester for Monroe Madness on Saturday, a fan event similar to the Orange Tipoff held at the Dome last weekend. That market is a good one for SU Athletics to target fans from outside the Syracuse metropolitan area. You certainly can’t market Anthony since he is not on the team yet nor has he even committed, but will he make an appearance this weekend?
That being said, when you’re the son of one of the best players to ever call the Dome home, chances are you’ve seen plenty of what the Central New York area has to offer. In fact, Kiyan watched the Florida State football game from a box with several members of the coaching staff (Carmelo was there too). Frankly, this weekend is much less about showing him the area like you might see with some recruits. The big thing for Autry and co. to hone in on is making your pitch. Build on your father’s legacy, be an integral part of the rise back to the top, headline the first full-post Boeheim recruiting class. Three very important things to hammer home this weekend.
But if you think this is a one horse race, you’d be mistaken.
For the most part, Florida State has been a very solid ACC program over the past few years (and those baby blue jerseys are SICK). But let’s be honest, neither Carmelo nor his son belong in that uniform. The same can be said for Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Providence, and Maryland. There’s been a lot of talk about resetting the Orange standard over the past few offseasons. Failing to beat out these schools for Anthony would do just that. In a very poor way.
Recruiting in both the transfer portal and among high school athletes has gone well ever since Autry took over. You do not want to throw away all that momentum by losing out on Kiyan Anthony. That would be an awful look for Autry, his coaching staff, and the entire SU Athletics brass.
What is the Ceiling for Syracuse Basketball? (orangefizz.net; Gotkin)
Heading into his first season at Syracuse, the expectations for Adrian Autry are relatively high among Syracuse fans. Even though KenPom hates the Orange this year, and most early bracketology experts have the ‘Cuse outside the tournament. So, if SU fans are right, if Judah Mintz turns into a top-10 point guard in the country. And Naheem McCloud is a true big man, and JJ Starling is a top guard in the conference.
You can continue to go on and on about the what if these things go perfectly for the Orange this season. Maybe Maliq Brown takes a step up too, or Benny Williams takes that next step and looks like the player we all thought he could be when he committed. Just how high can the Orange go this season?
First year head coaches have had a lot of success recently in college basketball. Just two seasons ago Huebert Davis brought North Carolina to the national title game in his first season. Now, of course saying that Autry will lead the Orange to the national title is a bit extreme. But is it crazy to say that if all of these things go right, the team can be a top five seed in the tournament?
Assuming all of this, SU also has a top tier defense in college basketball. The best SU teams have always had lockdown defenses. Autrys man to man can be extremely efficient with the athletes like Quadir Copeland and Maliq Brown.
Syracuse basketball returns to Rochester for Monroe Madness (youtube; video; News 8)
Syracuse basketball returns to Rochester for Monroe Madness
Carmelo Anthony to headline 2024 New York City Basketball Hall of Fame Class (nypost.com; Bondy)
Carmelo Anthony is headlining the 2024 class of the revamped New York City Basketball Hall of Fame, The Post has learned.
Anthony, the Brooklyn native and former Knicks All-Star, will be joined in the class by streetball legend Joe Hammond and former Christ the King (Queens) and New York Liberty star Tina Charles, among others.
The NYC Basketball HOF required a relaunch after six years of dormancy because most of the original founders — a group that included local basketball legends Tom Konchalski, Cecil Watkins, Bob Williams and Howard Garfinkel — passed away.
The new group, spearheaded by president Nate “Tiny” Archibald and CEO Michael Cohen, moved the records online to hoopshallny.org. It is scouting venues for both a physical hall of fame and the 2024 induction ceremony, according to Tom Lockhart, the organization’s secretary general.
Carmelo Anthony is seen during the live taping of SiriusXM’s “Gold Minds With Kevin Hart.”Getty Images for SiriusXM
Lockhart said the hope is to hold the ceremony next summer at the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan, the site of the previous induction events. The NYC Basketball HOF started in 1990 with an inaugural class that included Red Auerbach, Bob Cousy, Connie Hawkins, Dolph Schayes and Kareem Abdul Jabbar.
Sam and Nicole Davis struggled for months to buy a home in the volatile housing market in Liverpool, and finally scored a home in the Bayberry neighborhood this past August. (N. Scott Trimble | firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tense tales from Syracuse’s cutthroat home-sales market: ‘We had just about given up’ (PS; $; Moriarty)
After their daughter was born, Nicole and Sam Davis decided to move out of their rented townhouse and buy a home of their own. Then the reality of Syracuse’s housing market set in.
For six months, the couple looked at 30 homes and made offers on 14 of them. In each case, they offered more than the asking price and waived the typical inspection contingency, which would have allowed them to back out of the deal if an inspection found serious problems with the home.
But each time, they were outbid by other buyers who not only offered more money, they offered to pay in cash to close the sale quickly.
“We were putting in offers $20,000 to $25,000 over asking and we were still getting bid out,” said Nicole, 26, a social worker. “Everybody was doing cash, and we weren’t able to pay in cash. And we kept getting outbid significantly over asking. That was the story every time.”
It’s a tough time to be buying a home in the Syracuse area.
The median price of houses is at an all-time high. At the same time, the inventory of available homes has shrunk to a quarter of what it was just a decade ago.
Those pressures, along with higher interest rates and a slowdown in building new homes, are pushing Syracuse-area homebuyers into bidding wars more commonly seen in places like Texas and Arizona, several real estate agents and recent homebuyers told syracuse.com | The Post-Standard.
For decades, the real estate prices here crept up, rather than ballooned. Those days are gone.
Now, shoppers are making several bids over asking prices, offering more cash deals and facing repeated disappointments. Some clients are even taking out loans against their retirement accounts to buy a family home, agents told syracuse.com.
“More often than not, people are offering more than the asking price,” said Nancy Quigg, president of the Greater Syracuse Association of Realtors. “If a house is listed at $150,000, it’s probably going to go for $170,000 or $180,000.”