Father And Son Together In Syracuse

Buddy Boeheim; CNY Central

By Ryan Touhey,                                                                                           

Jim Boeheim, the head basketball coach at Syracuse University, will have a part of himself playing on the court for the Orange for the 2018-19 college basketball season. His son Buddy Boeheim, has officially committed to become a member of the Orange’s men’s basketball.

According to Gary Parrish of CBS Sports, Boeheim is listed at 6-foot-5. He averaged a total of 13.5 points per game and made a total or nearly 56 percent of his shots from behind the arc during the Nike Peach Jam with his high school team, City Rocks New York. He helped the team make it to the tournament’s quarterfinals.

CBS also stated that Boeheim’s high school coach Jim Hart, had been engaged in conversations with other universities who had expressed interest in Boeheim. Such universities included Georgetown, North Carolina State, George Washington and Northwestern.

“Buddy has proven that he has an elite skill set that translates to any level of college basketball,” Hart told CBS. “He led the EYBL in 3-point percentage and repeated that at Peach Jam. Our team was 11-1 with him during the EYBL season and 0-4 without him. He has been nothing short of fantastic for us.”

Jeff Goodman of ESPN stated that Boeheim will play his senior year of high school basketball at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.

Jim Boeheim will turn 73 on November 14. He originally planned on retiring after this upcoming season. However, he reconsidered that on March 19 when Syracuse announced that he resigned beyond the 2017-18 campaign.

Buddy Boeheim told ESPN that, “We’re (Syracuse) going to try and win it all together and end his (Jim Boeheim) career with a national championship. He’ll just be like, ‘All right, great.’ He will be happy, but most likely emotionless.”

Even though the two of them are father and son, Jim will most likely treat Buddy like any other college basketball player he has ever coached. Buddy is going to have to work hard in order to earn himself a starting role for the Orange in 2018-19.

Other father-son combinations in college basketball included Steve Alford coaching his son Bryce at UCLA from 2013-17, Wade Houston coaching his son Allan at Tennessee from 1989-93, Greg McDermott coaching his son Doug at Creighton from 2010-14 and Bob McKillop coaching his sons Brendan and Matt at Davidson from 2002-2011.

It’s a unique experience for both Jim and Buddy as the Orange hope to continue to build on for the future in order for Jim to go out on top with the NCAA trophy over his head.  

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