Although the Orange had an inconsistent 2020-21 season, they’ll once again compete for a national championship. Star shooting guard Buddy Boeheim grew into a reliable No. 1 player and earned the Orange a berth in March Madness for the 35th time under the senior Boeheim.
They have the same last name, but are Jim Boeheim and Buddy Boeheim related to one another?
Buddy Boeheim is Syracuse’s star shooting guard
At 6 feet 6 inches and 195 pounds, Buddy Boeheim has grown into a dynamic shooting guard for the Syracuse Orange.
After averaging 6.8 points in 32 games and five starts off the bench as a true freshman in 2018, Boeheim moved into the starting lineup for his sophomore year. Over the last two seasons, Boeheim has averaged 16.1 points on 41.5% shooting from the field and 37.1% from 3-point range.
Boeheim has played extremely well since missing time in December for COVID-19 reasons. The third-year guard averaged 17 points and hit 44.5% of his shots in 18 games against ACC opponents.
Jim Boeheim has been Syracuse’s head coach for 45 years
Jim Boeheim is no spring chicken anymore, but that isn’t stopping him from winning at Syracuse.
Boeheim, 76, is in the NCAA Tournament for the 35th time in 45 seasons as Syracuse’s men’s basketball coach. Entering this year’s tournament, Boeheim held a 980-407 record; the NCAA vacated 101 wins for various scandals over the years.
Technically, Boeheim held a 1,081-408 record when the 2021 tournament began.
Carmelo Anthony led the Orange to a national championship in April 2003. Although Syracuse has reached three title games under Boeheim, that represents their only victory … unless the Orange go on an unexpected run in the coming weeks.
Buddy Boeheim is Jim Boeheim’s son
Buddy Boeheim joined a long list of student-athletes who played for their father in college when he debuted at Syracuse in 2018.
Buddy — whose real name is Jackson — is one of Jim Boeheim’s four children. He and his twin sister, Jamie, were born in November 1999.
Jimmy Boeheim, Jim’s oldest son, is a forward at Cornell in the Ivy League. Jimmy averaged 16.7 points and 5.6 rebounds for the Big Red during the 2019-20 campaign; the Ivy League chose not to play basketball this season amid the coronavirus pandemic.
During a November 2020 appearance on The Rematch podcast, Jim Boeheim dismissed the idea that he will leave Syracuse at the same time as his son. Buddy could have up to two more seasons of eligibility after this season.
“I didn’t stay just to coach Buddy, I stayed to coach. I wouldn’t ever stay and coach here just because my son is playing here; that would be foolish. I want to coach. I want to coach the whole team. It’s nice that I get to have my son on the team and as long as he plays good, he’s going to play a lot and be productive. If not, my wife is going to throw me out of the house.”
The Boeheim family can starve off Jim’s retirement when the NCAA Tournament begins. Syracuse, an 11 seed, plays San Diego State in the Round of 64.