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

Welcome to Flag Day!

Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which took place on June 14, 1777. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson made a proclamation establishing June 14th as Flag Day. In August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an act of Congress, which was signed by Harry Truman. However, Flag Day is not an official federal holiday. Before the government recognized Flag Day, citizens had been celebrating it and working to bring it to prominence for many years. Bernard J. Cigrand, a schoolteacher from Waubeka, Wisconsin, held the first formal observance of "Flag Day", or "Flag Birthday", at Stony Hill School in 1885. Cigrand continued to advocate for Flag Day and became the president of the American Flag Day Association and the National Flag Day Society. Cigrand is usually described as the "Father of Flag Day". On June 14, 1894, over 300,000 public school students celebrated Flag Day in parks across Chicago. In the 1890's, observances took place in other cities such as New York City and Philadelphia. Currently, the week of June 14th is known as "National Flag Week", and the president makes a proclamation urging people to fly flags for its duration. Flags are flown on government buildings as well.

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How did SU commit, other 2025 recruits fare at NBPA’s Top 100 camp? (PS; $; Waters)

Earlier this week, one of the summer’s most prestigious events for high school basketball players took place.

It wasn’t a typical AAU event with players representing the teams they’ve played for all summer with an eye toward the big end-of-summer events on each of the three major sneaker circuits.

The National Basketball Players Association held its annual Top 100 camp from Sunday through Wednesday in Orlando, Fla. The camp brought together most of the nation’s top high school prospets; most from the 2025 recruiting class but some from 2026 and 2027 classes, and sorted them into 10 teams with 10 players per team.

The teams played a total of nine games over four days, culminating in a championship game on Wednesday. In addition to the games, the camp featured guest speakers and even information sessions on topics such as finance and mental health for the players’ parents.

Sadiq White, a consensus Top 30 player in the ‘25 class, was among the players at the camp. The 6-foot-8 forward from Charlotte, N.C., recently committed to Syracuse.

Syracuse coach Adrian Autry and his assistants were in Orlando to watch White along with several other players that they’ve been recruiting.

Here is a rundown of how White and the other Syracuse targets fared at the camp:

Sadiq White

White announced his decision to attend Syracuse just last month. He is the first player in the ‘25 class to commit to the Orange.

White showed why his profile has been on the rise during the four days of the Top 100 camp. Playing for a team dubbed the Boston Celtics, he averaged 18.5 points per game, including his camp-high of 31 in a 113-105 win over the Miami Heat squad. White went 12-for-19 from the field in that game, including a 3-for-7 performance from 3-point range.

White struggled with his outside for the remainder of the camp though. He went 0-for-17 in his last six games. Still, he wound up shooting 51.4% overall for the camp. He also averaged 6.1 rebounds per game.

It was a really good showing for the Syracuse commit who will now point to the Nike EYBL Peach Jam event in North Augusta, S.C., this July.

Kiyan Anthony

Anthony, a 6-5 shooting guard out of Long Island Lutheran High School, is a key target for the Orange. And it’s not just because he’s the son of former Syracuse legend Carmelo Anthony.

Anthony is one of the top shooters in the ‘25 class and he’s a rising star among his peers. He’s currently ranked No. 45 in the class by, but he’s at No. 29 in’s rankings.

Anthony averaged an eye-popping 28.5 points in eight games during the Top 100 camp. He had games of 42, 35 and 34 points.

Yes, he often took a lot of shots. He attempted 39 in one game, which to be blunt, we have to question the accuracy of the stats provided. It’s hard to believe one player took that many shots in a 40-minute contest.

(youtube; podcast; Locked on Syracuse)

Syracuse Basketball and Football has made many transfer portal adds since 2020. The Orange found a three-year starting quarterback in Garrett Shrader, and got Kyle McCord from Ohio State for 2024. Plus the Cuse picked up quality starting players like Alan Griffen, Chris Bleich, and JJ Starling.Jackson Holzer gives you the five best Syracuse basketball+football transfer portal adds since 2020.

Syracuse Basketball Adds to Difficult Non-Conference Slate (; Aitken)

Syracuse basketball just added another Power 5 opponent for its 2024-2025 non-conference schedule. To be fair, the Orange didn’t have much of a choice. The slate for the second annual ACC/SEC Challenge was just announced, and Syracuse will be taking a trip down to Knoxville to battle with Tennessee on Tuesday, December 3rd.

The Orange and the Volunteers actually just played last season as a part of the Maui Invitational. Tennessee, the number 7 team in the country at the time, handled SU 73-56. Before that contest, however, it’s been a while since these two teams have played. The most recent matchup before 2023 was back in 2002. Overall, Tennessee leads the series 4-3, and owns a 2-1 home record against the ‘Cuse.

The Vols are coming off one of the best seasons in program history, making it all the way to the Elite Eight, before falling to the eventual national runner-up in Purdue. However, Tennessee lost its star player in Dalton Knecht to the NBA Draft, plus lost four players in the transfer portal. While the Volunteers added four players in the portal too, this is still a team poised to take a step back from last season.

Despite a slightly depleted roster, Tennessee is still a good team that would be a solid non-conference win for Syracuse basketball. The Orange already have quite the slate of opponents before conference play. Here’s how the list looks so far.

Nov. 12: vs. Colgate

Nov. 21-22: Legends Classic in Brooklyn, NY. Will play two of Texas, Texas Tech and St. Joseph’s.
... (; Willerup)

Surprising to see UL fourth...

While Hurricanes football gets underway August 31st, the people at CBS Sports already have their predictions out for how the ACC could shape up for the upcoming college hoops season.

In rankings shared by CBS Sports' Isaac Trotter, he has Miami at third in the ACC men's basketball power rankings after a busy offseason.

To no surprise, the Duke Blue Devils top the list at number one with the North Carolina Tar Heels in second. The rest of the list is as follows:

4. Louisville Cardinals

5. Wake Forest Demon Deacons

6. Clemson Tigers

7. Pittsburgh Panthers

8. Virginia Cavaliers

9. Syracuse Orange

10. NC State Wolfpack

11. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

12. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

13. SMU Mustangs

14. Virginia Tech Hokies

15. California Golden Bears

16. Stanford Cardinals

17. Boston College Golden Eagles

18. Florida State Seminoles

After being first round exits in the ACC Tournament this past season to Boston College, Miami has completely changed the team around this offseason while seeing exits from key players like Norchad Omier (Baylor), Wooga Poplar (Villanova) and Kyshawn George (NBA Draft).

In addition to their second in the conference high school recruiting class, the Hurricanes added top talents in the transfer portal including Lynn Kidd (Virginia Tech), Brandon Johnson (ECU), Jalen Blackmon (Stetson) and A.J. Staton-McCray (Samford).

Former SU basketball guard working out for NBA teams (TNS; Kelly)

In recent weeks, Joseph Girard III has made a lot of jumpers in front of NBA coaches, played alongside twice-reigning national Player of the Year Zach Edey and chatted with NBA legend Pat Riley.

So, yes, it’s been eventful.

“But it’s been fun for me,” Girard said. “This is the stuff I’ve dreamed about my whole life.”

A Glens Falls native who played four seasons at Syracuse University before finishing his men’s basketball career at Clemson University this past season, Girard has worked out for four NBA teams as part of the league’s pre-draft process. More workouts are likely ahead of him, but the 6-foot-1 guard has already spent time with the Miami Heat, New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors and Utah Jazz.

Girard isn’t expected to be picked during this month’s NBA draft, which is split across two days. The draft’s first round is scheduled for June 26 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, while the second round of selections will be made June 27 at ESPN Seaport District Studios in Manhattan.

Girard is realistic about his chances to hear his name called during the draft. Instead, the 23-year-old’s focus is on making a positive impression during his interviews and workouts with NBA teams, then to gain an invite from at least one of them following the draft to compete in the NBA Summer League, which plays from July 12-22 in Las Vegas.

“Right now, it’s about trying to get on a summer league roster and then get on a roster from there,” Girard said Monday, shortly after finishing up a personal workout at Clemson. “But I’m having fun with it. It’s a dream come true to go through this process.”

Girard starred for five seasons at Glens Falls High School, scoring a state-record 4,763 career points and leading his team to state and Federation titles as a senior. He also starred in high school football as a quarterback, and led Glens Falls to a pair of state championships in that sport.

In college, Girard scored 2,196 points playing in the Atlantic Coast Conference. His lone season at Clemson ended in the Elite Eight of this year’s NCAA Tournament, an 89-82 loss to Alabama at Arena in Los Angeles. Girard scored a team-best 19 points in that game, in which a sixth-seeded Clemson club saw its postseason run conclude this past March.

Former student turned coach aims to guide Henninger athletes on and off the court ( Croston)

Brandon Hanks, a school resource officer and former alumni of Henninger High School, is now the head coach of the boys varsity basketball team.

His goal? To teach them just as much off the court as he does on it.

Hanks was a former Black Knight, and in part, he used basketball as his ticket to college. Now, he wants other students to see that vision.

“A lot of the kids don’t see that light at the end of the tunnel,” Hanks said. “That’s what I’m here for. To show them a different lens. If I went to college, you can go to college too. You can play basketball at any level that you want if you put the work in. A lot of kids are living for today, and not tomorrow.”

Hanks said that some of the athletes he’ll coach have difficult home lives, and he believes a part of his role as a coach is taking a deeper look at what his athletes have going on at home.

We’re asking kids to run through a wall for us but we’re not understanding or thinking about what they had to do before they got here. Did they eat last night? Did their parents ask them how their day is going? Just small, minor stuff that leads to bigger things.

Hanks will continue in his role as school resource officer alongside his new role. SCSD Athletic Director Jesse Long believes that through Hank's role as a school resource officer, on the Syracuse Police force, and now as a coach, he can strengthen relationships between students and police.



Origins Cafe at Carefree Gardens just outside of Cooperstown, N.Y., is a tranquil hidden gem of a restaurant housed inside a working greenhouse. Diners ate locally sourced food beneath a shade-cloth ceiling among living plants on Saturday, June 1, 2024.Samantha House | shouse@syracuse

This hidden gem cafe in an Upstate NY greenhouse serves up garden-party magic (PS; House)

Origins Cafe, a restaurant tucked inside a greenhouse abloom with flowers and foliage near the heart of Upstate New York, feels like a delicious secret.

The hidden gem of a restaurant isn’t truly hidden. It is just over 1 mile south of Cooperstown and has garnered nearly perfect reviews on Yelp and social media. (One reviewer on Facebook dubbed his meal at Origins Cafe at Carefree Gardens a “transformative experience.” Another on Yelp called the restaurant’s ambiance “magnificently magical.”)

But the drive through the countryside to get there — past working farms, rolling hills and secluded homesteads — makes the rave-worthy eatery feel like uncharted territory.

We headed for Origins Cafe on a balmy June day after stretching our legs on a Rail Explorers USA rail bike tour, hungry and eager for lunch. The drive lasted about 12 minutes and took us on a winding tour of rural Middlefield.

Cellphone service was spotty and left us without reliable GPS directions. So the first sign that we’d arrived at Origins came from the long line of cars parked along the two-lane Beaver Meadow Road. The cafe and garden center were so busy that two workers in safety vests were directing drivers into parking spots.

The cafe is part of Carefree Gardens, a traditional garden center that sells everything from petunias and herbs to planters and lawn decorations. Life among the riotously colorful ceiling of hanging baskets felt even more idyllic when I spotted a hummingbird buzzing among the blossoms.

But the experience became instantly memorable when our server led us into Origins Cafe, a restaurant unlike any other I’ve dined at.


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