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

Welcome to No Pants Day!

I have Spoken No Pants?

No Pants Day gives everyone the perfect excuse to not wear pants. Participants go about their normal routine on the day, just without wearing pants. They act as normal as possible, as if nothing is odd about not wearing pants. By some accounts, the day started in the mid-1980s. Other accounts say it started informally in the late 1990s. This version of its provenance says that the day began being promoted in 2000, by the Knighthood of BUH student group at the University of Texas at Austin. It is unlikely that they started the day, but they were responsible for spreading its popularity. The day shouldn't be confused with No Pants Subway Ride Day, which is held in January and is organized by Improv Everywhere.

SU News

Syracuse forward Chris Bell will return for junior year with Orange (PS; $; Waters)

Syracuse forward Chris Bell will return for his junior year with the Orange, his father told on Thursday.

Bell also posted a video message on his Instagram account.

Bell and his father came to the decision on Wednesday; the final day that the NCAA’s transfer portal remained open to college basketball players looking to change schools.

The return of the 6-foot-7 Bell should provide a critical boost for Syracuse next year. He offers both experience as well as a legitimate 3-point threat.

He has started 62 games in his first two seasons, including all 32 of Syracuse’s games this past year. The 6-foot-7 Bell averaged 12.0 points while starting all 32 games this past season for Syracuse. He led the Orange in 3-point shooting, making 84 out of 200 shots (42%) from beyond the arc. He ranked third in the ACC in 3-point shooting percentage.

Bell showed significant improvement over his freshman year when he averaged 6.6 points and made 34.5% of his 3-point shots.

In making 42% of his 3-point shots this past season, Bell put himself among some of SU’s best 3-point shooters.

No Syracuse player has ever shot a higher percentage from 3-point range than Bell’s 42% and made more than his 84 3s. The closest is Matt Roe, who went 83-for-175 (47.4%) in the 1988-89 season.

Bell’s decision comes after Syracuse had lost eight players off last year’s roster, including seven to the transfer portal. The transfers include Maliq Brown (Duke), Justin Taylor (James Madison), Peter Carey (Siena), Benny Williams (Central Florida), Quadir Copeland, Mounir Hima and William Patterson.

Judah Mintz, SU’s starting point in each of the last two years, has entered his name in the NBA draft.

New Syracuse basketball assistant Dan Engelstad: ‘I believe in Coach Autry’s vision of what this can be’ (PS; $; Ditota)

Adrian Autry had ideas, maybe not a physical list, but thoughts about candidates to replace Gerry McNamara should he ever leave Syracuse for a head coaching position.

Dan Engelstad was among the options.

The two met early in their coaching careers, when Engelstad was an assistant at Mount St. Mary’s and Autry was an assistant at St. Paul VI Catholic High School in Chantilly, Virginia. Over the years, they would communicate frequently, sometimes getting together at Final Fours to watch games and talk basketball. They developed an easy rapport, a trust built on mutual respect.

But when Autry started recruiting Dakota Leffew out of the transfer portal, he witnessed another facet of Engelstad’s coaching personality. Engelstad coached Leffew at The Mount last season. Autry saw how much Engelstad wanted what was best for his player, and how Leffew viewed him not only as a coach but as a mentor. That resonated with Autry.

So when he needed to hire an assistant after McNamara took the Siena College job, he thought of Engelstad. He was unsure whether Engelstad would be willing to surrender a precious Division I head coaching job to come to Syracuse as an assistant. But he introduced the idea - “just threw it out there” - and the two met in Arizona on Friday morning during Final Four weekend to discuss the job.

The conversation lasted about 45 minutes, Engelstad said. The two reached a tentative understanding, which set the dominoes tumbling. By midweek, Engelstad had the job.

Autry appreciated Engelstad’s ability to recruit nationally, to connect with his players, to unearth hidden gems on the recruiting trail and to develop them into Division I talent. He valued his experience, his communication skills and his general approach to coaching.

Syracuse basketball to host 6-foot-10 big man in the 2024 recruiting class (PS; Waters)

Syracuse basketball coach Adrian Autry will look to replenish the center position on his roster when hosting Cheikh Sadibou Ndiaye on an upcoming visit.

Ndiaye is a 6-foot-10, 230-pound center in the 2024 recruiting class. He attends Prestige Sports Academy in Lauderhill, Fla. Ndiaye will reportedly visit the SU campus soon, according to a post on his high school’s social media account. The post did not specify the exact dates of Ndiaye’s visit.

Good luck to @sadibou534 on his visit to Syracuse. The 6'10, 230lb elite, multi-faceted player was huge for Prestige Worldwide. Would be a great addition to the @Cuse_MBB program. @PWSA_hoops is continuing to place HM D1 players! Join one of the top programs in the country!
— Prestige Sports Academy - Basketball Program (@PWSA_hoops) May 2, 2024

Ndiaye’s visit was also reported by Zach Smart of

The Syracuse coaches have been looking to add depth to the center position after losing Peter Carey, Mounir Hima and William Patterson off last year’s roster. All three have entered the NCAA’s transfer portal. Carey has announced that he will play at Siena College next season.

In addition, Syracuse also lost Maliq Brown, a 6-foot-8 forward who spent all of last season playing center for the Orange. Brown, who has transferred to Duke, started the last 18 games of the season at center following Naheem McLeod’s season-ending foot injury.

Syracuse’s 2024-25 roster currently has just McLeod and Colorado transfer Eddie Lampkin Jr. listed at center.

Ndiaye posted some eye-popping numbers at Prestige Academy this past season, scoring 23.7 points per game and hauling in 11.9 rebounds per game.

The Ostrom Avenue Podcast Episode 186: Syracuse Football and Men's Basketball Transfer Portal + SU Lacrosse Update (; podcast; Ostrom Avenue)

Jordan Leonard and AJ Myers break down Syracuse football and men's basketball in the transfer portal. Plus, the guys talk about SU women's lacrosse's ACC tournament run and how it impacts its NCAA tournament seeding. Lastly, Jordan and AJ preview men's lacrosse's upcoming conference tournament and give predictions for the weekend.
Keeping Up With The 315 5-2-24 (ESPN; radio; The 315)
Brian Higgins starts things out on #The315 with Portal Watch Day 46: where the portal has closed for entry. Brian discusses what that means for Syracuse. Next, Brian goes over the first house and talks about the ACC portal more in-depth. Finally, Brian wraps the podcast up with BRACKETOLOGY, where he talks about the expected tournament seeding for next years March Madness.

New Syracuse basketball 4-star recruit elite shot-maker, prolific scorer, experts say (itlh; Adler)

New Syracuse basketball 2025 four-star target Shon Abaev from Florida is a dynamic and versatile shot-maker who can put up points in droves and score with high efficiency at all three levels, national analysts and scouts say.

On Monday night, the talented 6-foot-8 shooting guard/small forward disclosed a scholarship offer from the 'Cuse coaching staff.

I am blessed to receive a D1 offer Syracuse University #goorange @Cuse_MBB @CalvaryChristi3 @soh_elite
— Shon Abaev (@shon_abaev) April 29, 2024
Abaev is a standout junior with the Calvary Christian Academy in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. On the AAU circuit this spring and summer, he is competing for the 17U team of the Pembroke Pines, Fla.-based SOH Elite in the Under Armour Association ("UAA") league.

Cuse offer for '25 Shon Abaev shooter, floor spreader with range out of South Florida. Left handed, crafty, cerebral passer at 6-8@DAMNTWIN
— Zach Smart (@ZSmart914) April 30, 2024

Last weekend, the UAA circuit held its first official session in Rock Hill, S.C., and Abaev caught the attention of numerous recruiting experts and scouts for his performances.

New Syracuse basketball four-star recruit Shon Abaev was electric on the AAU circuit.

Top analyst Paul Biancardi, ESPN's recruiting director, said via a post on X that Abaev was among his top performers in Rock Hill. The same rings true for 247Sports director of scouting Adam Finkelstein and On3 national analyst/scout Jamie Shaw.

With Starling and Bell officially back for the 2024-25 season, what does the SU starting five look like? (; Shalam)

2 for 5
Forward Chris Bell and guard JJ Starling are officially returning to SU for the 2024-25 season. Both players were expected to return but never announced anything until the last few days. With both sophomores returning for their junior year, head coach Adrian Autry can start to create his starting five. So, what is Syracuse’s most likely starting squad next season?

PG-JJ Starling

With the Baldwinsville native back in the rotation for SU, there is no doubt he will be in the starting five. Guard Judah Mintz’s departure leaves the starting point guard spot wide open, and there is nobody more prepared to take over the starting role than Starling. The guard averaged 13 points this season, shooting 45 percent from the field. The sophomore is bound to have another productive year with the spotlight fully on him.

SG-Chris Bell

Bell was one of the best three-point shooters on the squad this year. Even though he is traditionally slotted in as a forward, there is simply too much talent up and down the squad for Bell to play as a small or power forward. This forces the California native into the shooting guard role, one that he has a chance to thrive in. Bell averaged 12 points a game last year, but more importantly, shot 42% from three. Watch out for that number to grow this year.

C-Eddie Lampkin Jr.

Syracuse basketball recruiting: Orange reported to host 2024 recruit Cheikh Sadibou Ndiaye (TNIAAM; Wall)

Even though the Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team holds three open scholarship spots for next season, recruiting news has been quiet since Dakota Leffew chose to head to Georgia.

Last night that changed when this report from Zach Smart of that post-graduate power forward Cheikh Sadibou Ndiaye would be visiting Syracuse. Ndiaye is currently at Florida prep school Prestige Worldwide Sports Academy (and if that name sparks some memories for you, well did we just become best friends?).

6-10 Cheikh Ndiaye @sadibou534 of @PWSA_hoops
is slated for Syracuse visit next week.

Interior scorer w/in traffic rebounding, can stick the 3 and high motor
— Zach Smart (@ZSmart914) May 2, 2024

The 6’10 Ndiaye had previously played at Champagnat Catholic School and then Riviera Prep in Florida. He had a three-star grade from ESPN as part of the 2023 class, but since then Ndiaye has gotten taller, and offers the ability to play inside and out at the power forward spot.

With the Orange holding open spots, he might be worth the gamble in the future (especially for bloggers who want to make Step Brothers jokes). There is mention of him visiting another ACC school this year, but I can’t confirm which school that was (or if he’s been blessed with the voice of an angel), but with most schools focused on the transfer portal players like Ndiaye can be left waiting until the Catalina Wine Mixer is over to find a landing spot.

6'10, 230lbs high major prospect @sadibou534 is elite in his ability to defend all 5 positions, knock down shots from everywhere on the floor, rebounds in traffic, & makes the right pass. Great work from Cheikh!!
— Prestige Sports Academy - Basketball Program (@PWSA_hoops) February 11, 2024
Ranking the 7 Players Syracuse Basketball Lost in the Transfer Portal (youtube; podcast; Locked on Syracuse)
Ranking the 7 Players Syracuse Basketball Lost in the Transfer Portal

Syracuse Keeps Looking For Center Depth (; Aitken)

With three scholarship spots still available for Syracuse basketball, the Orange’s focus right now seems to be on adding depth at the center position. Cheikh Sadibou Ndiaye, a 6’10” center from the class of 2024, is reportedly visiting SU next week, according to That was confirmed by Ndiaye’s current prep school.

Ndiaye is an interesting case. He was originally rated as a three-star recruit by ESPN in 2023, but decided to reclassify to 2024 and go to attend prep school for a year at Prestige Sports Academy. Since then, Ndiaye’s grown from 6’9” to 6’10” and currently weighs in at 230 pounds.

Size-wise, there’s some to be desired. Eddie Lampkin, Syracuse’s likely starter next season, is 6’11” and 265 pounds. Naheem McLeod, the assumed backup, is 7’4” and 265 pounds. That means Ndiaye would be the shortest and lightest center on the roster, but for a freshman that has time to develop as a third-string player, that’s not the end of the world.

In terms of Ndiaye’s actual play, it’s been impressive thus far. In his prep year, he averaged 24 points and 12 rebounds a game. Zach Smart, who originally reported the visit, calls Ndiaye an “interior scorer with a high motor.” He also referenced that the center has a solid three-point shot as well.

Does Ndiaye sound like the next great Syracuse center? No, probably not. However, with the losses of Maliq Brown, Peter Carey, Mounir Hima, and William Patterson to the transfer portal, it wouldn’t hurt to add another center. That’s even more true when you remember that Naheem McLeod has had injury issues in the past.

Prestige Academy did announce that Ndiaye will be visiting another ACC school next week, so there is some competition. Bringing him in would be a nice sign that Syracuse is a leg up on its conference competition, while also filling out the roster with a developmental piece for the future.
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Dax performs during the 2022 Canadian Country Music Awards at Scotiabank Saddledome on September 11, 2022 in Calgary, Canada. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)Getty Images

NYS Fair adds another country concert to 2024 lineup (PS; $; Herbert)

A country-rap artist has been added to the 2024 New York State Fair concert lineup.

Dax will perform at the NYS Fair’s Chevy Court stage on Sunday, Aug. 25, at 6 p.m. The show is free with admission to the Fair.

Dax is a Canadian-born Nigerian singer-songwriter who recently exploded on the country music scene with his No. 1 hit “Dear Alcohol.” He also mixes hip-hop and other genres on other songs like “Joker,” “To Be a Man” (feat. Darius Rucker), “God’s Eyes,” “Dear God” and “To Be a Man.”

Dax, whose real name is Daniel Nwosu Jr., currently averages more than 3.5 million monthly listeners on Spotify and has 10 million followers on TikTok, 10 million fans on Facebook and 7 million subscribers on YouTube.

More than 20 concerts have been announced so far for the NYS Fair’s 2024 lineup, which will feature 39 total acts. Other country acts on the schedule include Chapel Hart, Rvshvd and Brian Kelley (formerly of Florida Georgia Line).

Popular Syracuse fountain won’t be back for prom, graduation photos this spring (PS; $; Boyer)
A Syracuse site that frequently serves as the backdrop for celebration photos in Syracuse won’t have its centerpiece feature back this spring or summer.

The Syracuse Department of Parks and Recreation said some foundational cracks at the Franklin Square Park cast-iron fountain will push a restoration project’s completion back. The water is now expected to start flowing again by the spring of 2025.

The city removed the fountain at 601 Plum St. last fall and sent it to specialists in Alabama for a $68,700 project that includes stripping it down to bare metal, making repairs, and painting and coating it with a special finish to prevent corrosion. The city projected a mid-2024 completion date, leaving some hope that the fountain might be back and running by this year’s prom, graduation and summer wedding seasons.

But while the work on the fountain itself has been completed, cracks discovered during disassembly on the pool basin’s stone and concrete foundation must be fixed before the water fixture can be reinstalled. The parks department said repair work should be done by October or November, and the fountain will be turned on during the following spring.

Robinson Iron, the company that did the restoration work, fabricated and installed the fountain in 1991, one of the final touches in a neighborhood redevelopment that started in the late 1980s. More information about the restoration project can be found at

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