Buddy Boeheim, a top shooter in 2018, says he'll play for his father, Jim, at Syracuse

Jim Boeheim just landed his most coveted walk-on ever. 

On Friday, Buddy Boeheim announced what many long presumed inevitable: he will play for his father at Syracuse come 2018. The younger Boeheim's a three-star player in the class of 2018, but his stock also has been rising the past 18 months. He's one of the better shooters in the class, too, and certainly will be a factor for Syracuse. This is no legacy choice or nepotistic lean. Buddy Boeheim has the skills to earn significant playing time for his career at Syracuse.

Here's how he made his announcement. 

Syracuse now has two players in its 2018 haul. Boeheim joins Darius Bazley, who's among the nation's top 20 players and comes from Cincinnati. The Orange are building for the turn of the next decade, and so it's logical to think Jim Boeheim plans on coaching for another five years: this upcoming season, plus the four with his son.

Buddy Boeheim spoke with Scout.com about his decision.

"Growing up, going to the games, going to the Dome year in and year out, watching your dad on the sideline,""Having the chance to play for him would mean everything to me. Especially with a coaching staff like that. They're like family to me. All of that makes this the main reason why I want to play there."


"I definitely want him to yell at me as much as he yells at any other player," Buddy said. "If he's doing it, I know it's that I need it and he's doing it out of love to make me the best player I can be. I understand that coming from him and I'll support it. At the end of the day, he'll still be my dad and I won't treat him any different than I do now (off the court)."

Syracuse now preps for a big weekend, as classes have begun and official visits will be happening across the country. The Orange will be hosting four-star 2018 prospect Jalen Carey. 

Here's another look at Boeheim's shooting ability. 

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Matt Norlander is a national award-winning senior writer who has been with CBS Sports since 2010. He's in his eighth season covering college basketball for CBS, and also covers the NBA Draft, the Olympics,... Full Bio

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