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Syracuse basketball makes top-6 for New York recruit Joe Girard

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Good news for Syracuse around the 2019 in-state target.

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The Syracuse Orange have been busy on the 2019 men’s basketball recruiting trail with quite a few roster spots available for scholarships next year.

One of the big targets there is Glens Falls, N.Y. sharpshooter Joe Girard III, who’s already run through state scoring records and still has a year left to play. Also notably, he’s considering playing for the Orange next year, as indicated by his top-6 list.

Girard includes Syracuse, along with Boston College, Duke, Michigan, Notre Dame and Penn State. We’re certainly biased where we’d like him to play come 2019. Hopefully his decision aligns with that (and if not, best of luck to him wherever that may be).

James recently spoke to Girard and he seemed pretty high on the prospect of playing for Syracuse at the Dome, and working with Gerry McNamara. Let’s hope that positivity continues.

Your Syracuse-related links below:

Glens Falls (N.Y.) sensation Joe Girard III announces his top six colleges (USA Today)

The 2018 ALL-USA New York Player of the Year is the only player in state history with 3,000 career points, having shattered Lance Stephenson’s mark back in January. Like another certain celebrated shooter from Glens Falls, Jimmer Fredette, Girard has a feathery touch from deep, averaging 7.8 made 3-pointers a game as part of an unfathomable 50 points per game average.

Memo: NBA draft eligibility could shift by 2021 (ESPN)

The memo does not mention the one-and-done rule by name, but it is meant to remind teams that the league and the players union could agree to scrap one-and-done before the expiration of the current collective bargaining deal in 2024 -- and perhaps well before then, sources say. The memo says that, as of now, the league does not expect changes in draft eligibility rules to take place at any time “prior to the 2021 or 2022 draft.”

What to expect from Tyus Battle next season (Syracuse.com)

It’s almost expected to see Battle’s playing time and scoring average drop a little bit. Syracuse is adding Elijah Hughes and Jalen Carey to the mix plus improvements are expected in younger players like Oshae Brissett and Marek Dolezaj. What SU coaches don’t want to see is Battle’s field-goal percentage and 3-point shooting percentage remain the same even as his usage decreases.

How did former Syracuse basketball players fare in Europe, Asia, G-League? (Syracuse.com)

It’s relatively easy to follow the Syracuse contingent of players in the NBA each season. It’s vastly more difficult to keep track of the large number of former Syracuse basketball players competing internationally and in the G-League. With most of the major international leagues recently wrapping up their playoffs, here’s a look at how that group fared this year...

Who would buy Fox RSN affiliates if Comcast or Disney chooses to sell them? (Awful Announcing)

When Disney first announced the agreement to purchase Fox’s assets, CEO Bob Iger said those Fox Sports Nets (over 20 in all) would be a “perfect complement” to the ESPN family of networks. The networks own local rights to MLB, NBA, and NHL teams, and also has agreements with various local college programs.

Brother of Chris Gedney dies performing rock show in Delaware (Syracuse.com)

Lunsford Announces Two Late Additions to Georgia Southern Roster, Including Former Syracuse DE Justin Ellis (Georgia Southern)

Syracuse Football: Is it finally Jamal Custis time in 2018? (Inside the Loud House)

Syracuse lacrosse travels to Montana to help grow the game (Montana Sports)