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Syracuse men’s basketball: Forward Jimmy Boeheim transfers from Cornell

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NCAA Basketball: Cornell at Syracuse Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

This has been building for quite some time, but the news that pretty much every Syracuse Orange fan expected this offseason is finally here. Forward Jimmy Boeheim announced his transfer to Syracuse on Instagram. The former Cornell player joins his father Jim and his younger brother Buddy in the Carrier Dome.

Boeheim steadily improved during his three seasons at Cornell, leading the Big Red in scoring during his junior year in 2019-20. He finished that season averaging 16.7 points and 5.6 rebounds for Cornell. Boeheim shot 43% from the floor and 29.5% from three during his junior campaign.

Cornell didn’t play in 2020-21 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Because of that, Boeheim will only have one season of eligibility left. He’ll spend it with his family, playing alongside his brother while being coached by his father.

The elder Boeheim son gives Syracuse options now at the wing positions. The Orange now have added Boeheim, freshman Benny Williams, and Villanova transfer Cole Swider as wing players in the back of the 2-3 zone. With all of them carrying the same lack of knowledge of the zone, it becomes a toss-up as to who will start for Syracuse at the forward positions. Quincy Guerrier of course would be a penned in option on the wing if he decides to return to Syracuse.

Boeheim becomes the third transfer to join the program alongside Swider and Marquette transfer Symir Torrence. Fans have been expecting Jimmy to join the Boeheims at Syracuse, and now they’ll play one season together in Central New York.