When you’re name is Jim Boeheim, you probably belong at Syracuse. So after months of speculation, Jimmy Boeheim has announced he is transferring from Cornell to finish his college basketball career as a member of the Orange.
Jimmy is the eldest son of Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim and wife Julie. Jimmy will not only join his dad, of course. Younger brother Buddy Boeheim is also a member of the team, and one of the Orange’s better players.
Jimmy is a 6-foot-8 left-handed forward who averaged 16.7 points and 5.6 rebounds as a junior in 2019-20. Cornell and the Ivy League did not hold a season in ’20-21.
Either way, Jimmy says he’s ready for the scrutiny that is certain to come with playing at Syracuse.
“At this point, I know it’s there,” he said, via Syracuse.com. “There’s nothing I can do about it. I feel pretty loose, to be honest with you. I’m not thinking about it too much. I’m just going to play my game. I’ve put in the work. I’m just going to trust my work and do whatever I can to help this team.”
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Jim Boeheim, 76, began his career at Syracuse as a player in 1963. He then became an assistant coach there in 1969. He has been head coach since 1976.
It will be interesting to see whether Jimmy or Buddy will be next in line — keeping the Boeheim name even more synonymous with Syracuse hoops than it already is. If you can imagine that.
The Orange finished this past season with a record of 18-10 and lost to Houston in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament.