August 12, 2022

The Boeheim brothers have moved from Syracuse to Manhattan for the past two months to hoop, training twice a day.

Buddy and Jimmy Boeheim find out if there is a future for them in the NBA or elsewhere.

The two Boeheims, who played together last season at Syracuse for their father, Jim Boeheim, worked for the Knicks.

6-foot-6 combo guard Buddy Boeheim, Syracuse’s most distinguished with a deft 3-point shooting touch, practiced in Tarrytown ahead of the NBA Combine last month.

Jimmy, a 6-foot-8 forward who played three seasons at Cornell before transferring to Syracuse last season, traveled to Tarrytown on Thursday, auditioning for coach Tom Thibodeau, a friend of his father’s.

“They have an opportunity,” legendary Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim told The Post. “They have worked hard all their lives. They will do practice sessions and see where they are overall. It’s fun for them.

“We’ll see where they can go – from the NBA to the G-League overseas,” added Boeheim, who will enter his 48th season at Syracuse this fall. “Nobody knows. I told them: just keep your head down, work hard, practice and join a summer league team and see what happens there.

Jimmy (L) and Buddy Boeheim both worked for the Knicks.
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Jimmy, who is stronger, but less of a sniper, wasn’t interested in big programs coming out of high school. His only major offer was Cornell, so he chose the Ivy League route. He transferred to Syracuse after he had one year of eligibility left when the Ivy League became the only league to shut down in the 2020-21 season, which was his final year.

Jimmy earned a finance degree at Cornell, but he’s in New York with only basketball on his mind. Wall Street can wait.

“I love basketball more than ever right now,” Jimmy Boeheim said after his practice with the Knicks. “I’m so into it, there’s no way I can give up now. No matter what basketball throws at me, I’m ready and I’ll attack it with everything I have and I’ll continue to have fun and love the game.”

Meanwhile, Buddy led the ACC in scoring 19.2 ppg for the Orange last season. In his four seasons, Buddy Boeheim shot 36.2 percent from 3-point range.

“Buddy can throw the ball,” Jim Boeheim said. “It’s still something people watch in today’s world. It’s a shooting game. He can at least have an opportunity whether it works or not.

“Jimmy does more things, at 6-8. He is a good team player, he can help a team anywhere. He knows how to play and can shoot too.”

There is a strong sibling rivalry between the Boeheim brothers, though the two would consider going overseas to the same country together if that were to happen.

“He’s a great shooter, for sure,” Jimmy said of Buddy. “That has been an area where I have focused on my own shooting. I’ve come a long way and I feel great right now. It is therefore a question of continuing to be more coherent. It’s great to be able to shoot with one of the best shooters in the country every day bro.

Most scouts give Buddy a shot at ending up on an NBA roster.

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Jimmy Boeheim (3), Jim Boeheim and Buddy Boeheim (35) in 2019.
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“Buddy has a good IQ, a good grip, is a really good shooter but still not elite,” an NBA personnel manager said. “And his athleticism is average. Jimmy is great size, tough, competitive – a good shooter whose size helps his NBA chances. ”

Jim Boeheim thinks it will be a long shot for one son to be drafted – let alone both. There will be too many Euro-stash selections in the second round.

“I’m proud of what they’ve done,” Boeheim said. “And you just don’t know what could happen. The next month will put you on a short-term path. It’s interesting. Miami made the semifinals and you had five undrafted guys.

As an advocate of college basketball rather than the European game, Boeheim has seen too many teams take fliers overseas.

“For each [Luka] Doncic, there are 10 guys who can’t play,’ Boeheim said. “The NBA is always chasing that star to lead teams to championships. Sometimes it’s good players that help your team.”

Both Boeheim and Thibodeau served as staff assistants to Mike Krzyzewski for Team USA. But Boeheim does not expect a call from Thibodeau to grill him on his sons.

“Tom is awesome,” Boeheim said. “He will give them a fair shot and a good assessment. Teams don’t call me. Their interviews are great. They know they are good children.

Jimmy Boeheim grew up as a Magic fan but rooted for the Knicks after securing Carmelo Anthony, the Syracuse star who led the Orange to an NCAA title in 2003. Both sons know Anthony well.

“Being a Syracuse kid, I definitely cheered them on a little bit harder, I cheered on Melo in particular,” Buddy said. “But I always followed them.”

Indeed, the dad always watched Knicks games at his upstate home on MSG Network. He will watch them much more closely if one of his sons stays in New York.

“Every year I just try to prove people wrong,” Jimmy Boeheim said.