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Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to Chimborazo Day!

Chimborazo Day celebrates the spot on the Earth that is closest to the moon and farthest from the center of the Earth. Chimborazo is an inactive volcano that is in the Cordillera Occidental range of the Andes Mountains in central Ecuador, and has an elevation of 20,565 feet. Although Chimborazo has a lower elevation than Mt. Everest, because of its spot near the Equator it is the farthest from the Earth's center and closest to the moon. The Earth is not a perfect sphere, but rather it is an oblate spheroid. The Equatorial diameter is larger than the Polar diameter, and Chimborazo lies close to the former. Being that it lies on this Equatorial bulge, it sticks about a mile and a half farther into space than Mt. Everest.

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Syracuse Basketball: Top 2025 targets for 'Cuse after pledge by 5-star Sadiq White Jr. (itlh; Adler)

Syracuse basketball has its first 2025 verbal commit after five-star forward Sadiq White Jr. from Charlotte, N.C., recently pledged to the Orange, a huge first pick-up for the 'Cuse coaching staff.

With the 6-foot-8 White on board, Orange coaches will turn their attention to a variety of other 2025 four-star prospects who are priority recruits for the team in the rising high school senior cycle.

While, to date, Syracuse basketball has offered scholarships to more than 20 players in the 2025 class, it does appear that the 'Cuse staff is honing in on a handful of prospects in this cycle.

I'm hopeful that Syracuse basketball landing a commitment from White, a consensus top-35 national prospect in his class, will help facilitate the Orange securing other 2025 pledges in the coming months.

Analyzing 2025 four-star priority recruits on the Syracuse basketball staff's board.

Kiyan Anthony
It all starts with Anthony, the four-star shooting guard out of New York City. He was offered a scholarship by the 'Cuse in November of 2022 and took an official visit to the Hill last October. Syracuse basketball is getting some analyst buzz on recruiting Web sites for Anthony, although he recently stated that he wants to take some upcoming visits, including another trip to Central New York.

Fast-rising Syracuse basketball big-man target poised for top 100 as offer list grows (itlh; Adler)

New York City product Asher Elson, a fast-rising big man in the 2025 class who holds a Syracuse basketball offer, is catching more and more attention from college programs, national analysts, scouts, and top writers.

For now, the 6-foot-10 power forward/center is rated as three stars, although he did recently move into the top 150 of the 2025 cycle, according to the industry-generated 247Sports Composite.

Elson, who was offered by the Orange staff in mid-April, just picked up a relatively new scholarship offer from fellow Atlantic Coast Conference school Georgia Tech, per his X page. Trust me, more high-major offers, beyond the 'Cuse and the Yellow Jackets, are in store for him.

And top experts, lately, have echoed that sentiment. My guy Brian Reichert, who extensively covers high school hoops and recruiting throughout New York City and the Empire State for and , recently published an insight piece on Elson. I'd recommend carving out some time for it.

Around the time that Syracuse basketball offered Elson, Reichert shared some thoughts with me on this Orange recruiting target, noting that Elson should move to four stars sooner rather than later, and that he boasts "one of the best ceilings in 2025."

Video: How Sadiq White Proves Autry was the Right Hire (; podcast; Amendolara)

The commitment of 5-star recruit Sadiq White is important on the court and off it. The obvious value of White choosing Syracuse is the sheer talent added to the roster. He’s 6’7″, can run, is athletic, finish around the basket, and has the body NBA scouts target. He also gets added to a crew that has 5-star Donnie Freeman coming as well. But there’s effects off the court. The vibe around the program had fizzled. Jim Boeheim, for all his Hall of Fame success, was constantly sniping at media and complaining about the future of the sport. Adrian Autry immediately paid dividends in the win-loss record, but White’s commitment shows a change in the expectations around the program. Here’s a video deep dive.

(youtube; podcast; Locked on Syracuse)

Syracuse Basketball has added three players in the transfer portal: Eddie Lampkin, Jyare Davis, and Jaquan Carlos. Lampkin projects to be the starting center for Coach Adrian Autry's squad. Davis and Carlos are probably going to come off the bench for the Orange.

Jaquan Carlos' Role for Syracuse Basketball is UNCERTAIN (youtube; pocast; Locked on Syracuse)

Jaquan Carlos was the third Syracuse Basketball transfer portal addition. Coach Adrian Autry could opt to use the Hoftra transfer as the starting point guard, but he could also be a reserve option for the Cuse.

Eddie Lampkin's Role With Syracuse Basketball is SET for Next Season (youtube; podcast; Locked on Syracuse)

Eddie Lampkin was Syracuse Basketball's first transfer portal addition this offseason. The former Colorado big-man is expected to be Coach Adrian Autry's starting center next season.

Jyare Davis' Role is DEPENDENT on if Donnie Freeman is Ready for Syracuse Basketball (youtube; podcast; Locked on Syracuse)

Jyare Davis was Syracuse Basketball's second transfer portal addition for Syracuse Basketball. Coach Adrian Autry could make the Delaware transfer the starting power forward or Donnie Freeman.

The Big 12 Will Own Friday Night Lights (youtube; video; CBB Review)

Tyler Ennis was a dream come true for Syracuse basketball

Ranking the projected starting point guards in the ACC for the 2024-25 season (; Fariss)

The ACC is gaining a few new faces as former Pac-12 members Cal and Stanford join the conference, as well as SMU from the American Athletic Conference.

While the conference grows to 18 athletic programs, the competition not only increases but heightens for the Miami Hurricanes.

Head coach Jim Larrañaga is heading into his 14th season with the Canes and is looking to improve upon Miami’s 15-17 overall record from the 2023-24 season. Larrañaga previously led the Canes to a Final Four appearance in 2023 and an Elite Eight appearance in 2022.

Running the Miami backcourt this season will most likely be Nijel Pack for a third season in a row.

As Pack enters his fifth season of collegiate basketball and third year with the Canes, how does the point guard compare to his ACC competitors?

18 Isaac Spainhour
Senior | 6'3, 180 pounds

The Seminoles aren’t exactly expected to be great, or even good, in the upcoming season. A major part of Florida State’s problem is its lack of a talented guard at the reigns of the program.
Senior Isaac Spainhour is expected to be the starting PG in 2024 but his stats don’t create much hype around the returning Seminole.

Last season, Spainhour averaged an abysmal 0.7 points per game. He played in three games and only had one starting appearance.

17 Vladimir Pavlovic
Sophomore | 6'3, 190 pounds

Despite shooting a relatively good 50 percent from the field, Vladimir Pavlovic averaged just 0.9 points for the Golden Bears in his freshman season.
Heading into his sophomore year with Cal, Pavlovic is expected to become the starting point guard despite playing in just seven games for the team last season.

Alongside his 0.9 points, Pavlovic averaged 0.3 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game. For the Bears’ sakes, hopefully, his stats improve as a starter.

16 Chas Kelley III
Junior | 6'3, 185 pounds

Last season, Chas Kelley III played in 27 games for the Eagles but only started seven times throughout the year.
As he enters his junior year, Kelley is expected to be the starting point guard for Boston College but that isn’t exactly setting BC fans at ease.

Kelley averaged 3.7 points, 1.6 assists, and 1.4 rebounds last season while shooting just 35.4 percent from the field. He also shot an abysmal 26.9 percent from beyond the arc, averaging 0.5 made three-pointers per game.

15 Breon Pass
Senior | 6'0, 175 pounds

Trying to fill the shoes of DJ Horne after the nation fell in love with him and NC State during their postseason run last year will be no easy feat for Breon Pass.
While playing the supporting role last season, Pass averaged less than 6 minutes per game. However, he shot 44.1 percent from the field and 28.1 percent from beyond the arc.

His production stats were a little less impressive. Pass scored 1.3 points per game alongside contributing 0.5 rebounds and 0.3 assists

14 Dillon Hunter
Junior | 6'1, 187 pounds

Dillon Hunter earned 14.7 minutes per game last season for the Tigers, his second year with Clemson and on the collegiate basketball scene.
As Hunter prepares for his junior year with the Tigers, he is projected to earn the starting point guard role for Clemson and it should lead to a massive increase in productivity.

Last season, Hunter averaged just 2.3 points, 1.6 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game for Clemson.

13 Benny Gealer
Junior | 6'1, 175 pounds

After earning just one start for the Cardinal last season, rising junior Benny Gealer will most likely be Stanford’s leading man in the backcourt this year.
Gealer averaged 4.2 points, 1.6 rebounds, and 2.3 assists for Stanford in his sophomore season while playing just 17.9 minutes per appearance.

As Gealer becomes a more veteran player and earns consistent starts, his stats should improve but not enough to be ranked any higher on this list.

12 Jalen Warley
Senior | 6'7, 205 pounds

After a less-than-successful season with the Florida State Seminoles last year, Jalen Warley announced he would transfer to the Virginia Cavaliers.
While starting for the Seminoles, Warley averaged just 7.5 points, 2.8 assists, and 2.6 rebounds per game for Florida State.

Warley is considered a defensive juggernaut, averaging 1.3 steals per game while only giving up 1.1 turnovers when he takes the court.

11 Ty-Laur Johnson
Sophomore | 6/0, 160 pounds

Ty-Laur Johnson started in only eight games for the Cardinals last season but took the court in 30 matchups for Louisville throughout the year.
Johnson averaged 8.7 points, 3.6 assists, and 1.8 rebounds while earning over 23 minutes per game. Once last season wrapped up, Johnson entered the transfer portal and announced he would be joining the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.

Heading toward the 2024 season, Johnson is expected to become the starting guard for the Deacons but may lack some of the juice necessary to turn the Wake Forest back around.

10 Naithan George
Sophomore | 6'3, 180 pounds

Naithan George struggled to cement his footing during his freshman year with the Yellow Jackets. In his first season on the team, George earned the starting job but couldn’t find consistency on the court.
George shot 42.1 percent from the field for just 9.8 points, despite playing nearly 30 minutes per game.

Alongside his less-than-10-point average, George contributed just 4.7 assists and 2.4 points per game for Georgia Tech.

9 Jaland Lowe
Sophomore | 6'3, 170 pounds

Jaland Lowe earned the role of Pitt’s starting point guard as last season unfolded for the Panthers.
Despite being just a freshman, Lowe averaged nearly 10 points per game, however, he shot a disappointing 38.8 percent from the field.

If Lowe can improve his shooting efficiency as well as increase his rebound and assist production levels, there may be an argument that he should be higher on this list.

8 Jaquan Carlos
Senior | 6'0, 170 pounds

Jaquan Carlos started his collegiate career with three seasons for the Hofstra Pride. Following the 2023-24 season, Carlos announced he would transfer to the Syracuse Orange for his fourth season.
Last year, Carlos averaged 10.4 points, 6.3 assists, and 4.4 rebounds per game for the Pride.

One weak spot in Carlos' game is his turnover-to-steals ratio. While he contributed 1.6 steals per game last season, he gave up 2.6 turnovers and committed 2.2 fouls per appearance.

7 Chucky Hepburn
Senior | 6'2, 195 pounds

Chucky Hepburn's stats from last season are far from the most jaw-dropping or astonishing out of the projected starting point guards in the ACC next season.
However, Hepburn's experience as a starting guard in the Big Ten does a lot to boost his stock as a player in his new conference.

Last season, Hepburn averaged 9.2 points, 3.9 assists, and 3.3 rebounds per game for the Wisconsin Badgers. He shot an impressive 42.9 percent from the field and has shown consistent growth over his three seasons of college ball.



Historic Saratoga Race Course is center of horse racing world as Belmont Stakes comes to town (PS; AP)

Health, history and horses are the three H’s carved into the welcome sign when travelers venturing into New York’s Adirondack Mountains reach Saratoga Springs.

Horses have always been the main event here, where the oldest active sporting venue in the country, the Saratoga Race Course, stands at the heart of the town of 30,000.

Saratoga has seen upsets since opening before the end of the Civil War, including Upset defeating decorated Man o’ War and Triple Crown winner American Pharaoh slipping up against Keen Ice in the Travers.

For the first time, the Saratoga Race Course will have the best 3-year-olds in the world duke it out in a Triple Crown race when the venerable track hosts the Belmont Stakes on June 8.

“I mean, this has been a rumor for a couple of years regarding the Belmont in Saratoga,” Mayor John Safford said. “The fact that it actually came about is just exciting.”

The excitement is palatable every year. Once July rolls around, Saratoga becomes a full-force race town: parked cars align the streets, fans flood the sidewalks walking with coolers, kids yell, “Get your $1 water here!” the smell of cigarette smoke and horses fills the air and the downtown restaurants pack in guests.



There's a strong chance that this summer will be warmer than normal across nearly all of the lower 48 states this summer, the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center says.Climate Prediction Center

Upstate NY summer forecast: It could be one of the hottest on record (PS; $; Coin)

Break out those air conditioners: Upstate New York could be in for one of its hottest summers on record.

The National Weather Service and private forecasting agencies agree that the odds tilt strongly toward our seventh above-normal summer in a row.

Both The Weather Channel and Accuweather say this could be among the hottest summers ever recorded.

This summer in Upstate New York could be 3 to 4 degrees hotter than normal, predicts Alex DaSilva, an Accuweather meteorologist. That would rival Syracuse’s hottest summer on record, 2005, which was 4.4 degrees above normal.

For Syracuse, the normal temperature in summer is 69.7 degrees. That’s calculated by averaging the daily highs and lows for the months of June, July and August.

DaSilva says that hot summer could generate strong heat waves, defined in Syracuse as three consecutive days of at least 90 degrees.

“It’s certainly possible during the heart of the summer there could be a couple of heat waves, with several days in the 90s,” DaSilva said.

A hotter than normal summer doesn’t mean every day will be atypically warm, but that overall, the average temperature over three months will exceed the long-term average. We could still see cool days, but they would be outnumbered by hot ones.

The Weather Channel also predicts a very hot summer, with the most extreme increases from normal happening in late July and into August. The company says that a huge swath of the Midwest and Northeast are likely to be most above normal in the country.

There are a number of factors leading meteorologists to predict a hot summer this year. One of those is climate change, which tips the scales every year for warmer conditions. This year, the Atlantic Ocean is much warmer than usual, and that keeps air temperatures warmer along the East Coast -- and also makes hurricanes stronger. In addition, the El Nino pattern in the eastern Pacific Ocean is changing to a La Nina, which tends to bring hotter temperatures across much of the U.S.

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