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Aug 15, 2011

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With 10 players on scholarship, will Autry fill his entire roster? (Mike’s Mailbox) (PS; $; Waters)

There is seemingly no limit on the number of questions that get sent into Mike’s Mailbox each week.

Even though we’re now almost two months into college basketball’s off-season, the emails just keeping rolling in.

One question that I have received from many readers is about limits; in particular, the NCAA’s scholarship limit. The NCAA allows teams to have 13 players on scholarship. Right now, Syracuse is three under the NCAA’s limit.

So what will Syracuse coach Adrian Autry do with those available scholarships? That’s where we start off in this week’s Mailbox.

(If you have a question; follow-up or otherwise, for the Mailbox, email it to

Q: Will the Orange fill their roster?

Mike L.

Syracuse’s roster for the 2024-25 season consists of just 10 scholarship players. That puts the SU coaches three under the NCAA’s limit of 13 scholarships.

While I’ve seen teams go through a season under the NCAA limit, it would be tricky to navigate an entire season with only 10 scholarship players.

Injuries would be a season-long issue. Foul trouble would be a game-to-game problem. And it would make scrimmaging in practice problematic.

Syracuse’s roster breaks down like this:

Guards: JJ Starling, Kyle Cuffe, Chance Westry, Jaquan Carlos and Elijah Moore

Wings/forwards: Chris Bell, Donnie Freeman and Jyare Davis

Centers: Eddie Lampkin and Naheem McLeod

Westry, who is listed at 6-foot-6, would have the ability to play guard on offense and defend at small forward.

Looking at that roster, I would think SU coach Adrian Autry and his staff would like to add a versatile big man who is capable of playing both power forward and center and then maybe try to find another wing who can move between the two and the three.

I don’t see the need to go to 13 scholarships, and 11 players might be enough. You don’t want to bring in players who you don’t think can help because they’ll sit on the bench and become unhappy.

Q: Eddie Lampkin averaged 2.2 assists per game last season in only 27.8 minutes per game for Colorado. That seems like a high total for a center. How does it compare to recent Syracuse centers?

Bill N.

Eddie Lampkin, a 6-foot-10 center, announced his decision to transfer from Colorado to Syracuse last month.

Lampkin will be a fifth-year player for the Orange next season. As a senior last year at Colorado, he averaged 10.6 points, 7.0 rebounds and a very deceptively impressive 2.2 assists per game.

Who is SU basketball’s most likely opponent in 2024 ACC/SEC Challenge? A look at the possibilities (PS; $; Waters)

A smattering of non-conference games on the Syracuse basketball team’s schedule for the 2024-25 season have been reported recently.

Various reports, some officially announced by the school and some not, have put Syracuse in the Legends Classic in November, set a return to Brooklyn in December for a game against Maryland and put a date on the Orange’s annual game against Georgetown, which this year will be played at the JMA Wireless Dome.

The Orange will also play Colgate and Albany in non-conference games. Cornell is also expected to return to the schedule, and a game against Le Moyne is churning through the rumor mill.

There’s another game that for all intents and purposes is already on Syracuse’s schedule, but the opponent remains unknown and that’s the ACC/SEC Challenge.

Last year, the ACC’s long-running challenge with the Big Ten was replaced with a series of games against the SEC. As with most things related to college sports, the switch had to do with the ACC and SEC’s relationships with ESPN.

Syracuse hosted LSU in the inaugural ACC/SEC Challenge, thumping the Tigers 80-57 at the JMA Wireless Dome.

The matchups for last year’s event were announced in June, so fans might have to wait a few more weeks to mark their calendars.

But a look at last year’s challenge, plus a few scheduling hints, provide some clues as to who the Orange will draw in the 2024 ACC/SEC Challenge.

Here’s a look:

First, Syracuse will probably be sent on the road after hosting LSU at the dome last season.

If Syracuse is going to be on the road for this year’s ACC/SEC Challenge, it would make sense that the Orange faces an SEC team that was on the road last season.


Eddie Lampkin Jr., (44) of the Colorado Buffaloes drives to the basket against Oso Ighodaro (13) of the Marquette Golden Eagles during the second round of the 2024 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament held at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on March 24, 2024 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Ben Solomon/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)NCAA Photos via Getty Images

Lampkin visiting Syracuse to meet with coaches to shore up recruitment (PS; $; Waters & Axe)

Syracuse transfer center Eddie Lampkin Jr. is scheduled to meet with the SU basketball coaching staff on Thursday to try to finalize an agreement that will keep the coveted big man in the fold for the 2024-25 season, according to a source.

Lampkin has been committed to Syracuse for more than a month, but several warning signs emerged in the last week that raised the question of whether he reopened his recruitment.

Syracuse coach Adrian Autry spent the past week quietly attempting to reassure boosters Lampkin was still coming to Syracuse, sources said. The concern was other schools could entice Lampkin with a potential windfall of cash and other benefits now permitted under the NCAA’s name, image and likeness rules.

Lampkin is free to talk with other schools.

He was scheduled to arrive in Syracuse on Wednesday night, a source said.

A transfer-center from Colorado with NCAA Tournament experience, Lampkin fills a need as the Orange prepares for Autry’s second season as head coach.

Lampkin, a 6-foot-11, 265-pound senior, committed to Syracuse on April 2, but warning bells went off a week-and-a-half ago when Lampkin’s social media accounts were scrubbed of Syracuse-related content.

Keeping Up With The 315 5-22-24 (ESPN; radio; The 315)

Brian starts the show with Portal Watch Day: 66 where he talks the possible opponents for ‘Cuse Hoops going into year two of HC Adrian Autry. Next, He goes into the history & frequency of use of Mike Breens’ “Double-Bang” as he dropped one in last night’s Eastern Conference Finals game one. Finally, Brian ends things with the newly released Big 10 Schedule nine games over ten weeks. He hits on the date Syracuse will be hosting, and more!

Isaac Trotter "The 315" 5-22-24 (ESPN; radio; The 315)

247Sports National College Basketball Writer Isaac Trotter joins Brian to discuss the Way Too Early ACC rankings, the additions of Jaquon Carlos and Eddie Lampkin, and more!

(youtube; podcast; Locked on Syracuse)

Syracuse Basketball has filled 10 of its 13 available scholarships so far this offseason. The Orange have brought in two high-end freshmen - Donnie Freeman and Elijah Moore - plus Coach Adrian Autry has secured three players in the portal - Eddie Lampkin, Jyare Davis, and Jaquan Carlos. SU is also in pursuit of 2025 Four-Star Guard Kiyan Anthony.Jackson Holzer brings on Inside the Loud House Editor Neil Adler to discuss the Cuse's offseason so far and 2025 recruiting on this edition of the Locked On Syracuse Podcast.

Syracuse basketball not among teams recruiting 4-star PG hardest; he's visited twice (itlh; Adler)

Nigel James, a four-star point guard in the 2025 class from New York state who has visited Syracuse basketball twice, says in an interview that there are five suitors recruiting him the hardest, and the Orange isn't one of them.

The 6-foot James tells Sam Lance in a recent piece on that the five schools recruiting him the hardest these days are Marquette, Louisville, Providence, Rutgers and Georgia Tech.

James, a top-100 national prospect and a top-20 point guard in the rising senior class per multiple recruiting services, received a scholarship offer from the Orange in late August of last year, around the time that he competed in the team’s annual Elite Camp.

The following month, in mid-September, he went on an official visit to the Hill. To date, he has also officially visited Marquette, Rutgers and Providence.

Does Syracuse Have More Minutes To Give Away (; Gotkin)

It feels like everything I write nowadays I want to start with the same disclaimer. *COLLEGE SPORTS ARE WEIRD NOW AND MAKE NO SENSE*. Because that’s just how the world is. The days of developing players for four years and guys sitting on the bench waiting for their turn are long gone. Just look at the two outgoing bigs, Peter Carey and William Patterson. Both were brought in as projects. Patterson redshirted this past season. Carey redshirted his freshman year then saw small minutes this year. Traditionally you’d expect those minutes to steadily rise until Carey was developed to the point where he could make a real impact. But, in today’s era, he instead transferred to Siena where he can get minutes now.

In men’s college basketball, each team is given 13 scholarships. Right now, the Orange have 10 scholarship players on the roster going into the summer. All of them you’d expect to see time on the court next year. Jaquan Carlos, JJ Starling, Chance Westry, and Elijah Moore are all guards who should get significant minutes. All four are highly rated and should make an impact. It’s hard to see where Kyle Cuffe, right now the expected 10th man, sees time with all of the talent in front of him.

When it comes to the forwards, Chris Bell, Jyare Davis, and Donnie Freeman probably all deserve to get starting minutes. One of them will come off the bench, most likely Davis, but there isn’t any room to add anyone new. Eddie Lampkin and Naheem McLeod should split time at center with the ‘Cuse maybe playing small ball without them at times.

Where would a new player fit into this team? Many fans wanted Kadary Richmond to come back to the 315. But if he did then who would take a seat? It’s hard to see where any new players could get time. Relationships are the most important thing in college coaching. Can Autry risk some of his relationships built over the past year by bringing in new blood and breaking promises made to players who have been here? It’ll be interesting to see what the ‘Cuse do this summer.



Duff's Famous Wings, at 3651 Sheridan Drive in Amherst, N.Y., is one of the stops on the Buffalo Wing Trail — a food trail that was just named one of the top food and drink trails in America by Time Out. Katrina Tulloch | ktulloch@syracuse.comKatrina Tulloch |

Get saucy: Buffalo Wing Trail named among best food trails in U.S. (PS; House)

Get ready to wing it, foodies: Upstate New York’s spiciest path has landed a spot on a list of the top food trails in the United States.

The Buffalo Wing Trail has been named one of the best food and drink trails in America by Time Out, an international travel website. The saucy trail made the ranking along 10 others, including Georgia’s Macon Bacon Trail and the New Jersey Pizza Trail.

“There’s never been a better time to hit the road hungry,” Time Out said.

Buffalo is the birthplace of Buffalo chicken wings — arguably one of America’s favorite foods. To celebrate the tasty historical link, Visit Buffalo Niagara created a map for gastronauts of the best wings in and around the City of Good Neighbors.

The Buffalo Wing Trail started with 12 stops in 2018 and is now up to 13.


Ryan Chaif of Sackets Harbor is co-owner of Pointless Ginger Ale, a soda brand made in Saratoga Springs and sold primarily in New York and Ohio. Don Cazentre

Made in Upstate NY. Popular in Cleveland. Is there a point to this spicy soda brand? (PS; Cazentre)

Ryan Chaif pops the top of a slender can, and pours a hazy golden liquid into a glass. Even from across the bar, the intensity of the aroma hits you.

No it’s not a New England-style hazy IPA. It’s not even a beer.

Chaif is pouring a sample of Pointless Ginger Ale.

Pointless is owned by two friends: Chaif, of Sackets Harbor, and Carl Setzer, of Cleveland, Ohio. The non-alcohol sodas are produced in Saratoga Springs. In addition to the straight ginger, flavors include cranberry, lime and blueberry.

The brand is small now, with a few outlets in Central New York, several in the Cleveland area and, more recently, in Detroit. It’s also available online, at a price of $29.99 for a 12-pack. A story at said Pointless is “leading Cleveland’s modern soda market.”

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