1. Have a very Rakeem Christmas.
(via Nation Of Orange - Rakeem Giving Fan Late Christmas Present)
  2. Syracuse, N.Y. — When C.J. Fair left Baltimore and his public high school after three years, he traded the comforts of home for the promise of academic eligibility.

Fair, the Syracuse University basketball senior, remembers the constant chaos in his crowded Baltimore City High School classrooms. He remembers overwhelmed teachers. He recalls the easy excuses to skip school: a missed bus, an exhausting walk or long public transportation commute.

At Brewster Academy, a prep school situated in a New England town of about 6,200 residents, he lived on campus. Televisions were banned from dorm rooms. Internet access cut off at 10 or 11 p.m. Fair had nothing much to do except learn.

"When I was at public school there were just so many kids it was crazy. And there wasn’t really one-on-one help. You either get it or you don’t," Fair said. "When I went to Brewster, I met with a tutor every other day and she helped me with everything. The classes were much smaller and the teachers were much more engaged. And my grades improved drastically."

Fair, like many major college basketball players, chose to attend a private school to help ensure he would meet the NCAA’s academic requirements for freshmen athletes. At Syracuse, he is among like-minded teammates. Of SU’s 12 scholarship players, 10 attended private or prep schools.

    Syracuse, N.Y. — When C.J. Fair left Baltimore and his public high school after three years, he traded the comforts of home for the promise of academic eligibility.

    Fair, the Syracuse University basketball senior, remembers the constant chaos in his crowded Baltimore City High School classrooms. He remembers overwhelmed teachers. He recalls the easy excuses to skip school: a missed bus, an exhausting walk or long public transportation commute.

    At Brewster Academy, a prep school situated in a New England town of about 6,200 residents, he lived on campus. Televisions were banned from dorm rooms. Internet access cut off at 10 or 11 p.m. Fair had nothing much to do except learn.

    "When I was at public school there were just so many kids it was crazy. And there wasn’t really one-on-one help. You either get it or you don’t," Fair said. "When I went to Brewster, I met with a tutor every other day and she helped me with everything. The classes were much smaller and the teachers were much more engaged. And my grades improved drastically."

    Fair, like many major college basketball players, chose to attend a private school to help ensure he would meet the NCAA’s academic requirements for freshmen athletes. At Syracuse, he is among like-minded teammates. Of SU’s 12 scholarship players, 10 attended private or prep schools.

    (Source: syracuse.com)

  3. OMG, jumping jacks guy. After Devendorf’s premature table-jump celebration, he’s what I remember most from the 6 OT game.

"But it was Thomas’ 7-minute stint in the epic six-overtime game that still stands out. He didn’t enter the game until two minutes remained in the fifth overtime.

"I remember Coach Boeheim telling me, ‘Don’t be scared,”’ Thomas said. "I remember I wasn’t scared at all. I more excited than anything else.”

As the rest of the players on the court sagged in exhaustion, Thomas was hopping up and down and waving his arms at the top of Syracuse’s zone defense.

"People always tell me ‘You’re the jumping jacks guy,”’ Thomas said. "I wasn’t really doing jumping jacks. I’d been sitting down for four hours. I was really just getting loose. I had to do something.”

Thomas finished the game with one rebound and one blocked shot.”

    OMG, jumping jacks guy. After Devendorf’s premature table-jump celebration, he’s what I remember most from the 6 OT game.

    "But it was Thomas’ 7-minute stint in the epic six-overtime game that still stands out. He didn’t enter the game until two minutes remained in the fifth overtime.

    "I remember Coach Boeheim telling me, ‘Don’t be scared,”’ Thomas said. "I remember I wasn’t scared at all. I more excited than anything else.”

    As the rest of the players on the court sagged in exhaustion, Thomas was hopping up and down and waving his arms at the top of Syracuse’s zone defense.

    "People always tell me ‘You’re the jumping jacks guy,”’ Thomas said. "I wasn’t really doing jumping jacks. I’d been sitting down for four hours. I was really just getting loose. I had to do something.”

    Thomas finished the game with one rebound and one blocked shot.”

  4. Ex-Syracuse star Jonny Flynn headed to China | syracuse.com

    Syracuse, N.Y. — Jonny Flynn, the No. 6 pick in the 2009 NBA draft, is headed to a pro team in China, according to his high school coach.

    Sal Constantino, the head coach at Niagara Falls High School, said Friday that Flynn, who played at Syracuse University from 2007 to 2009, has signed to play for the Sichuan Blue Whales in China’s professional basketball league. Flynn’s decision to head to China was first reported on twitter by @HomeBaseBuffalo.”

  5. Obama and Syracuse Basketball: How have president's NCAA predictions compared with team's results? | syracuse.com

    As Central New York prepares for Obama’s visit today, we’ve taken a look back to see how “Barackatology” has treated Syracuse basketball.

    In others years, Obama overestimated how far the Orange would go. In 2012, he got it just right.

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  9. Syracuse will retire Lawrence Moten’s jerseyLawrence Moten didn’t have much of an NBA career, so casual fans may have forgotten him. But the…View Post

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  10. "What should Sixers fans be looking for?

From Carter-Williams, two things will be key- how his jump shot looks, and how he does running the team. A major question mark about the Syracuse product coming into the draft was if he would be able to improve his shooting on the next level. At his introductory press conference, the 11th overall pick said he has been working on his jumper and feels he is ready to go. It will be a small sample size, but how he shoots in Orlando will give Sixers fans a taste of how improved Carter-Williams actually is.”

    "What should Sixers fans be looking for?

    From Carter-Williams, two things will be key- how his jump shot looks, and how he does running the team. A major question mark about the Syracuse product coming into the draft was if he would be able to improve his shooting on the next level. At his introductory press conference, the 11th overall pick said he has been working on his jumper and feels he is ready to go. It will be a small sample size, but how he shoots in Orlando will give Sixers fans a taste of how improved Carter-Williams actually is.”