Jim Boeheim Gets Full Father-Son Experience at Syracuse Coaching Two Sons

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PITTSBURGH, PA -FEBRUARY 02: Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim talks to his son Syracuse Orange guard Buddy Boeheim (35) during the college basketball game between the Syracuse Orange and the Pittsburgh Panthers on February 02, 2019 at the Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Mark Alberti/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The father-son experience is one thing that every parent dreams of when their kid gets into sports. Jim Boeheim is one of many college basketball coaches that get to say they were able to coach their sons at the Division One level. You may know some well-known coaches being able to do the same. John Calipari, and his son Brad Calipari at Kentucky, Bobby Knight, and his son Patrick Knight at Indiana.

There is nothing better than being able to coach your sons at the highest level of college basketball, and now Jim Boeheim joins an even shorter list, getting to coach two sons. Most recently, Boeheim’s oldest son, Jimmy Boeheim, transferred from Cornell to be with his dad at Syracuse. Does this new father-son experience mean something for the near future for the legend coach?

The coaching legend has been at Syracuse his whole 45-year career as a college basketball coach. Jim Boeheim has a career record of 1083-409 (.726 W-L%) and has only missed 10 NCAA Tournaments in his coaching career. Jim also ranks second all-time in wins, just behind Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski (1170). This could potentially be the end of the road for the former Syracuse grad, with his oldest son Jimmy Boeheim joining him and Buddy to play at Syracuse. This is the ultimate father-son experience.

Father-Son Experience with Buddy Boeheim

The whole father-son experience for Jim began when Buddy Boeheim came to Syracuse starting in 2018-19. Buddy was nowhere to be found in the rankings for the 2018 recruiting class. Now, looking at what he has done with Syracuse, he is the definition of a diamond in the rough.

Boeheim was in a bench role his freshman year but got the call into the starting lineup his sophomore season where he averaged 15.3 points on the season. A kid was blossoming right in front of his father. A father-son experience can not get much better than that.

Then came Buddy’s junior season, showing us a whole new side of himself. Buddy had a pretty consistent regular season, where he shot 43% from the floor, 38% from deep. His talent was seen by many in the postseason, where Boeheim out-dueled most of his opponents. In a four-game stretch expanding from the ACC Tournament to the NCAA Tournament, Buddy put up outstanding 27, 31, 30, and 25-point performances. Doing so while shooting the lights out of the gym. If you did not have fun watching Buddy Boeheim play basketball last season, this year will be even greater playing alongside his brother.

Jimmy Boeheim Uses His Final Year at Syracuse With His Dad

Jim’s oldest son, Jimmy, was not fortunate enough to play in the 2020-21 college basketball season. Due to the Ivy League canceling winter sports for 2020-21 season, Jimmy now will transfer from Cornell to play his final season of basketball at Syracuse. Jimmy has three years under his belt at Cornell, two of those playing meaningful minutes. Boeheim also led the Big Red in points and rebounds in 2019-20, averaging 16.7 points and 5 rebounds per contest.

This is going to be a full family affair in Syracuse, New York, where a legend coach is going to have the honor of coaching two of his sons in what could potentially be his final seasons. The greatest father-son experience.

This will be a great story to ride along with as we crawl closer to the start of the 2021-22 basketball season. Senior Day at the Carrier Dome is going to be one of the most emotional basketball games this family will be apart of. It will be a great scene to watch.


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