Jimmy Boeheim is transferring to Syracuse to play for his father and with his younger brother after three seasons at Cornell. Coach Jim Boeheim‘s oldest son made the announcement Friday on Instagram. “Back home to the place that made me fall in love with the game,” he wrote.
In November, Jimmy Boeheim placed his name in the NCAAafter the Ivy League announced that it was canceling its basketball season. The 6-foot-8 Boeheim averaged 16.7 points and 5.6 rebounds in 21 games in his junior season in 2019-20. The Ivies don’t allow athletes to play after graduating, even if they have a year of eligibility left, so Jimmy Boeheim was free to go to another school after he graduates in . The Orange roster needed an experienced forward.
“He’s a good player, and we’re happy to get him,” coach Boeheim said. “Out of high school, he was 6-7 and 200 pounds. He wasn’t physical enough to play at Syracuse. Cornell was a great place for him, and now he’s 6-8 225 and is more than strong enough to play here. We’re getting an experienced player that understands the game and can play inside and outside. Happy to have him here.” Younger brother Buddy said in athat Jimmy was upset at the Ivy League decision.
“We worked out every day together (last summer),” Buddy said. “I was looking forward to seeing what he would do this . He was going to have a big year.” Now that year will come playing during his dad’s 46th season as coach at his alma mater. And that’s a good thing for the coach and wife, Juli.
“We’re happy,” Jim Boeheim said. “It’s a privilege to be able to coach your sons. In the beginning, the drawback was that I wanted him to be able to play. Buddy could play aquicker because of his position, and he was more physical at work. Jimmy needed time.
He could have played hereas a junior, but he liked Cornell. He wanted to finish there with his group of guys. Unfortunately, they couldn’t do that. He’ll be ready when he gets here. Coach Boeheim said Jimmy would not have made a move if Marek Dolezaj had decided to for the fifth year. Dolezaj announced over a week ago that he would pursue a professional career.
“They’re the same type of player,” Jim Boeheim said. “He (Jimmy) wanted to make sure there was a place. We had a lot of forwards, and now we don’t. We need that depth at forward. Marek, though, was a.” Coach Boeheim said he had not heard from swingman Alan Griffin but did not expect him to return. Also gone are forward Robert Braswell, who entered the transfer portal, and Quincy Guerrier has the NBA waters ahead.
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