Syracuse Basketball: Boeheim’s Army has added big-time players to roster

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The Boeheim’s Army 2023 roster, a collection of former Syracuse basketball players and other stars, is rounding into form.

Boeheim’s Army, named for legendary Hall of Fame head coach Jim Boeheim, who retired as the ‘Cuse boss this past March, has added numerous talented players to its line-up of late, according to media reports and social media posts.

One of the squad’s more recent additions is high-scoring guard Matt Morgan, a former standout at Cornell who played professionally in Europe this season. Morgan suited up, a year ago, for Boeheim’s Army, when the team fell in the round of 32 in the 2022 version of The Basketball Tournament (“TBT”), a 64-squad, $1 million winner-take-all event over the summer.

In 2021, Boeheim’s Army captured the TBT crown – and that hefty payday – in thrilling fashion. This summer, Boeheim’s Army will again serve as a host team, as the Syracuse area will host a TBT regional site from July 24 to July 28 at the Upstate Medical University Arena at the Oncenter War Memorial.

Boeheim’s Army, with its Syracuse basketball alumni and others, eyes another deep TBT run.

Jim Boeheim’s son, Jimmy, was also recently announced as a member of the Boeheim’s Army 2023 roster. Jimmy Boeheim, a forward who can stroke it from deep and shines in the interior, played at Cornell and finished up his collegiate career playing one season as a graduate student for the ‘Cuse.

Other recent additions include former Syracuse basketball center Paschal Chukwu and prolific-scoring point guard Dwight Buycks Jr., who competed in college for Marquette.

Buycks was on the Golden Eagles’ roster during the 2010-11 stanza. In the 2011 NCAA Tournament, as a No. 11 seed, Marquette stunned the No. 3 seed Syracuse basketball in a heart-breaking loss for the ‘Cuse fan base.

Also on the 2023 Boeheim’s Army roster are former Orange star shooting guard Tyus Battle, one of my favorite all-time Syracuse basketball players, and former ‘Cuse power forward Chris McCullough.

Per an article from’s Donna Ditota, veteran TBT wing DeAndre Kane is also on the Boeheim’s Army roster this summer. Kane, who played in college for Iowa State and Marshall, helped lead Boeheim’s Army to the 2021 TBT championship.

Interestingly enough, when I checked the Boeheim’s Army roster on the TBT Web site, also listed there are former Syracuse basketball shooting guard Andrew White III and small forward BJ Johnson, who suited up for the Orange as well as La Salle in college.

Ditota wrote in an article on Friday morning that the “nine-player roster needs to be set by Saturday before any other players can be added.”

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