He’s coming home. After playing three seasons for the Cornell Big Red, Jimmy Boeheim is officially transferring to Syracuse University to play basketball with his brother Buddy and for his father, the Hall of Fame Head Coach of the Orange Jim Boeheim.
The older Boeheim brother made the announcement Friday.
The little boy so many remember draped on his mother’s shoulders during the 2003 National Championship now gets to play with the school and team his family is synonymous with.
Over 45 seasons coaching Syracuse, there are not many “firsts” for Jim Boeheim but coaching both of his sons in the ACC absolutely qualifies as one.
Jimmy, who played his high school career at Jamesville-DeWitt, announced his entrance to the transfer portal in November 2020 after the Ivy League basketball season was shut down. The 2020-2021 season is seen as an extra year of eligibility in the eyes of the NCAA so Jimmy should have this upcoming season to suit up for the Orange.
The Ivy League was not honoring that extra year of eligibility, so if not for a transfer, Jimmy’s college career would’ve ended prematurely.
Now, he gets to live out a dream season.
The oldest of Jim and Juli’s three children, Jimmy is a versatile 6’8” forward that averaged 16 points and five rebounds per game in his last season at Cornell.
Playing against his father and brother, Jimmy dropped 25 points in a loss to the Orange at the Dome last November. In fact, his first career collegiate points came on a three-pointer right in front of his dad and the Orange bench.
Little did we know at the time that seeing three Boeheims on the court together would happen every game as opposed to just once every season.
Jimmy is seen as someone that can help the Orange right away and will bolster the Orange rotation. Make no mistake, this isn’t just a family reunion. Jimmy Boeheim can flat-out play.
Now he gets to do excel at what he does and help the family program take a step closer to glory in the NCAA Tournament.
So Orange fans can sit back, potentially at the Dome for the first time in almost two years and watch.