Syracuse basketball could have more than one family reunion over the next couple of years on the team. ITLH breaks down the possibility.
Five months ago, Jim Boeheim’s oldest son, Jimmy, committed to playing for Cornell. People were getting nervous that coach Boeheim wasn’t going to have a shot at coaching one of his kids. Since then, Mike Hopkins left, and rumors surrounding Buddy Boeheim’s team-up with his father have become very realistic.
When Jimmy Boeheim committed to Cornell, I wrote an article outlying the possibility that the Boeheim’s don’t end up having the next “father-son duo in Division 1”. Gonzaga’s Mark Few and UMass have offered Buddy scholarships, but so has Syracuse assistant coach Adrian Autry.
While Gonzaga and Massachusetts pose strong basketball programs, Boeheim’s son’s connection to the program extends far beyond the relationship between him and his father.
Growing up, Buddy was a ball boy, and would get emotional following big losses, and would be over the moon after big tournament wins.
Most thought that coach Boeheim’s oldest son was going to be the best one at the college level.
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However, Buddy Boeheim transformed his game entirely last season at Jamesville-DeWitt High School. After being a reserve two seasons ago, Buddy averaged over 26 points and nearly 10 rebounds.
Boeheim’s outstanding play earned him the All-CNY Player of the Year Award. If he ends up at Syracuse, Buddy Boeheim will be the seventh player from his high-school to play for Syracuse.
Boeheim’s displayed his offensive capabilities to the max during the Nike Peach Jam in South Carolina last weekend. Boeheim averaged over 13 points and shot well over 50% from the field and from three.
Boeheim stands in at 6-foot-5 and has one of the smoothest strokes in high-school right now.
Despite intriguing offers from other programs, it is hard to imagine Buddy not playing for Syracuse in two years time.