Family affair: Jimmy Boeheim to play for his dad at Syracuse

Poised to graduate from Cornell in May and with one year of college eligibility left, Jim Boeheim’s oldest son announced Friday on social media that he’s transferring to Syracuse.

Jimmy Boeheim placed his name in the NCAA transfer portal in November after the Ivy League announced that it was cancelling its basketball season.

The Ivies don’t allow athletes to play after graduating, even if they have a year of eligibility left, but made a one-year exception because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Jimmy Boeheim could have finished his career at Cornell but also was free to go to another school after he graduates, and in the end the Orange roster needed an experienced forward.

Coach Boeheim said Jimmy would not have made the move if Marek Dolezaj had decided to come back for a fifth year.

Jimmy Boeheim said he was contacted by 15 to 20 schools, among them Oregon State, Arkansas, Georgia Tech, and Notre Dame, but none could offer what Syracuse has.

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