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Breaking down Andy Katz’s podcast with Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim

What does it all mean!?

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In case you missed it, Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim appeared on NCAA Correspondent Andy Katz’s podcast yesterday, March Madness 365. While nobody was labeled an idiot or disloyal person, Boeheim did share some interesting nuggets about his 2018-2019 Syracuse basketball team with the former ESPN reporter.

We’ve put the subjects in bold and put Boeheim’s quotes in, well, quotes.

Elijah Hughes

“We think he can really help us at forward and guard.”

Okay, so nothing revolutionary here and frankly, this was expected. With the depth at guard and need for a forward behind Marek Dolezaj and Oshae Brissett, this shouldn’t come as much surprise. Hughes should be versatile enough to play atop the zone and on the wing.

Jalen Carey

“Jalen Carey is one of the better offensive point guards that we’ve recruited in probably the last 20 years.”

The king of hyperbole is back in midseason form! That’s vintage Boeheim, offering high praise while also painting with a broad enough brush to give himself credibility. The statement was meant to accredit Jalen’s offensive abilities while also being generic enough to be true. Had he been the best offensive point guard in the last 20 years, Tyler Ennis, Michael Carter-Williams, Johnny Flynn, et al would have liked a word.

Hopefully this 2018-2019 Syracuse team can make a Final Four so Boeheim can claim he’s never been more proud of a Syracuse basketball team than he is of his current one.

Buddy Boeheim

“He started watching tape with me when he was in second grade. He’s the only one in the family that would come in and actually watch a game tape with me. So he’s always had the desire to be a division one player and to play here at Syracuse. We’re happy to have him, he’s a hard worker, sets a good example for everybody and I think he will contribute to our team this year.”

You mean to tell me Juli wasn’t in there breaking down game film?

All jokes aside, read that last bit in Boeheim’s comment. Now I’m not ruling out the possibility that ‘contribute’ could still be defined as more of a practice role in which Buddy helps the other players get better, but that sure sounds like the idea of a redshirt is off the table. Pure speculation here, but maybe Buddy sees the court as soon as this year?

Goaty is still learning (talking USA Basketball experience)

“The NBA players were great, great to work with. The coaches, I learned a lot from the coaches, Mike D’Antoni, Nate McMillan, Tom Thibodeau, Monty Williams and Coach K.”

How about that? Learning is a lifelong process. Even as Boeheim approached his late 60’s and early 70’s he was still learning from other basketball greats. That’s a lesson we could all stand to benefit from.

You’ve never arrived in life, you are always becoming.

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