Syracuse lands commitment from four-star 2018 guard Jalen Carey

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Syracuse pulled in another big commitment to its Class of 2018 haul on Wednesday as four-star guard Jalen Carey committed to the Orange.

The 6-foot-4 Carey is considered the No. 49 overall prospect in the Rivals Class of 2018 national rankings as Syracuse is getting an aggressive guard who can score from multiple levels of the floor. Carey was impressive playing with the Playaz Basketball Club in the Nike EYBL this past spring as he averaged 18.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game while shooting 44 percent from three-point range.

With an ability to play at multiple perimeter spots, Carey is a nice fit in this Syracuse recruiting class as he joins five-star wing forward Darius Bazley and three-star wing shooter Buddy Boeheim. While the Orange might be a young team this season, they have a lot of promising pieces coming in with this recruiting class that should fit in nicely with the current pieces on the roster.

Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim wants to coach through son’s college career

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With the recent commitment of Buddy Boeheim in the Class of 2018, many around college basketball have speculated that Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim would stay in his current position for at least a few more years.

The 72-year-old Boeheim recently signed a contract extension with the Orange this offseason after previous coach-in-waiting Mike Hopkins took the head coaching job at Washington.

At the Garden State Basketball Clinic at Immaculate Conception High School late this week, Boeheim confirmed to reporter Adam Zagoria that he would be staying through at least the duration of his son, Buddy’s, career at Syracuse. Boeheim has previously stated that he has five or six more years left, but in speaking directly of Buddy’s career, this is a bit different.

“I’m not leaving my son there,” Boeheim said to Zagoria.

With Buddy Boeheim being a senior in high school this season, it means at least another five years of Jim coaching at Syracuse — and that could be even longer depending on Buddy’s trajectory with the school.

“He might redshirt, too,” Jim Boeheim jokingly said of his son to Zagoria.

The news of Boeheim wanting to coach his son at Syracuse isn’t surprising, but it does mean something if Boeheim is directly saying that he wants to be done when Buddy is finished playing college hoops. If Buddy plays all four years, that would put the older Boeheim at around 78 years old when he might retire.

Obviously, a lot can happen in the next five years, but it does seem that Jim Boeheim has a plan when it comes to finishing out his career and a lot of it will have to do with coaching his son.

Jim Boeheim’s son, Buddy, commits to Syracuse for Class of 2018

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Buddy Boeheim, the son of legendary Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim, committed to the Orange as a member of the Class of 2018 on Friday.

The 6-foot-5 Boeheim elevated himself into a legitimate three-star prospect with his strong play this spring and summer in the Nike EYBL. Boeheim averaged 12.2 points per game in EYBL play with the City Rocks as he shot 48 percent from three-point range. Spending his senior season at powerhouse Brewster Academy, Buddy has a chance to be a very solid rotation piece for the Orange.

Boeheim joins five-star wing forward Darius Bazley in the Syracuse Class of 2018 as this has the makings of a very good class for the Orange. Buddy’s commitment also means that Jim Boeheim, now 72 years old, will likely stay to coach his son over the next few years.

Syracuse lands four-star Class of 2018 forward Darius Bazley

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Syracuse landed a solid commitment in the Class of 2018 on Monday as four-star forward Darius Bazley pledged to the Orange, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com.

The 6-foot-9 Bazley is a long and athletic forward who should fit in well with the Syracuse 2-3 zone. Regarded as the No. 73 overall prospect in the Rivals national recruiting rankings in the Class of 2018, Bazley is versatile and possesses a lot of intriguing skills for the next level. For his size, Bazley is an athletic wing forward who can also handle the ball and pass and he’s shown a good-looking perimeter jumper as well.

The knock on Bazley has been his inconsistent motor. If he continues to play like he did late this spring with Meanstreets then Bazley should be a nice fit for what the Orange are looking to do.

A former Ohio State commit, Bazley is Syracuse’s first commitment in the Class of 2018. Bazley opted to decommit from the Buckeyes this spring, offering some harsh words about the state of the Ohio State program on the way out of the commitment.

Syracuse bolsters backcourt with South Florida graduate transfer Geno Thorpe

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Syracuse will once again rely heavily on a graduate transfer in its backcourt next season as the Orange landed a commitment from South Florida guard Geno Thorpe on Friday.

The 6-foot-4 Thorpe led the Bulls in points and assists last season as he put up 15.1 points and 4.6 assists per outing. Thorpe should log major minutes for Syracuse next season as he’ll help replace the loss of John Gillon and Andrew White, two more graduate transfers who both made an impact last season.

Thorpe should play a bit of both guard spots alongside returners like Tyus Battle and Frank Howard while freshman point guard Howard Washington will also join the program. With an ability to stretch the floor, Thorpe also gives the Orange another perimeter shooter, something the team desperately needed this offseason.

 

Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim: ‘I’ve gotta coach for five or six more years’

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Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim has had an interesting offseason.

The 72-year-old is now in position to be the Orange’s head coach for longer than anticipated after previous coach-in-waiting Mike Hopkins went back West to take the Washington job in late March.

Boeheim made some remarks about his coaching future at the annual ‘Cuse Awards that were held earlier this week as he even referred to potentially being around for more than half a century.

It’s hard to know if Boeheim’s comments were serious or if he was trying to have some fun with his school’s athletics community during and end-of-season awards gala but here is his intro, according to Nunes Magician.

“I hope everybody’s having a great year,” he said. “I didn’t. Normally when you lose your last game, you’re really upset. Not so much when you’re in the NIT.”

The camera immediately went to John Gillon and Tyus Battle who couldn’t hold back laughter.

 The Hall of Famer continued, “Not only did we lose the last game, but then I find out I’ve gotta coach for five or six more years.”

The “I’ve gotta coach for five or six more years” is especially interesting because Boeheim immediately inked an extension with the Orange following the sudden departure of Hopkins this offseason. While there were unconfirmed reports that the extension was through the 2021-22 season, according to Adam Zagoria, that year would seem to make sense for one major reason.

Boeheim still might coach his son, Buddy, at Syracuse over the next few years.

Buddy Boeheim is a Class of 2018 wing who has Division I potential after a big junior season at local Jacksonville-DeWitt High School. The 6-foot-5 Buddy Boeheim had a very positive first weekend in the Nike EYBL with the Albany City Rocks this April as he averaged 9.7 points per game and shot 50 percent from three-point range.

Since Boeheim might be able to coach his son with the Orange, it does open up the unique possibility that he does decide to coach for another five or six seasons. While Buddy Boeheim isn’t any kind of elite talent, he does have the potential to be a rotation player at Syracuse if he continues to improve — most programs could certainly use a 6-foot-5 floor spacer.

Buddy is currently deciding whether to return to Jamesville-DeWitt for his senior season, or test himself more by going to a prep school for next season, according to Donna Ditota of Syracuse.com. Keep an eye on Buddy’s decision here, because a prep school for him during his senior year could be a move that is designed to help him adjust to Syracuse and the ACC.

Either way, Boeheim has an interesting dilemma regarding his future and it doesn’t appear that he’s stepping down anytime soon.