The Syracuse basketball recruiting class of 2018 grew by one today, as Jim Boeheim was somehow able to swing a commitment from one of the nation’s top shooters, Buddy Boeheim.
Oh, I see the connection now. Got it.
Anyway, jokes aside, and while this was entirely expected as a foregone conclusion, this is a big addition to Syracuse’s class. Buddy truly is one of the elite perimeter shooters in the class of 2018, shooting 48.3% on the EYBL circuit this season, including a staggering 55.6% at Peach Jam, per d1circuit.com.
The younger Boeheim’s profile has been rising rapidly, going back to last season when he was named the CNY Player of the Year after a stellar junior season at Jamesville-DeWitt. Still, there was some skepticism as to whether or not Buddy was truly a Power 5 level player, with some people wondering whether he’d be getting attention from Syracuse if he wasn’t the son of our Hall of Fame coach.
But every step of the way, Buddy has performed at a high level against elite competition, and will get one more chance to prove himself when he plays at Brewster Academy alongside another Syracuse target, Nate Roberts, during the upcoming year. Of course, Buddy shouldn’t need to prove himself anymore. Anyone who watches him play can see that the kid has very real talent, and again, one truly elite skill in his three point shooting. He’s also got a high basketball IQ, and something tells me he’ll pick up on the nuances of the 2-3 zone quicker than most incoming freshman at Syracuse have in the past.
Of course now, the question becomes whether or not Buddy winds up taking one of the open scholarships that Syracuse has to work with. He’s clearly a good enough player to warrant a scholarship to Syracuse, and is ranked on 247’s composite among the top 200 players in the nation, but the Orange have a unique opportunity to add a P5-caliber player without using a scholarship. That’s a pretty nice ace to have up your sleeve when you’re still being docked a scholarship by the NCAA. I’d wager that we won’t know for sure whether Buddy is going to be on scholarship this year until the class is complete, and how much (or little) attrition there is to the roster. If there’s an available scholarship, it’s a safe bet he’ll get it. If there’s a numbers crunch, well, he can still go to Syracuse virtually for free – similar to what UCLA has done with Bryce Alford.
This is a great way to kick off what was already a huge recruiting weekend for Syracuse, with Buddy’s fellow 2018 commit Darius Bazley on campus for his official visit, along with Jalen Carey, the Orange’s top priority at point guard in this cycle. Anyway – check out these clips of Buddy Boeheim, and just bask in the glory of a truly beautiful shooting stroke.