The Syracuse basketball offseason continues to progress at a rapid rate. Twelve days after the end of the season, 11 of the team’s 13 scholarship players has had their intentions made clear for next season. Freshman forward Chaz Owens will return to Central New York, his father Billy Owens told Mike Waters of Syracuse.com.
The 6-foot-5, 200-pound Pennsylvania native played two minutes of garbage time last year. He becomes the fifth Orange player projected to return for next season — a quintet that will be joined by transfer signees Symir Torrence and Cole Swider, as well as five-star forward signee Benny Williams.
And the next domino may not be far off.
Jimmy Boeheim, the oldest son of SU head coach Jim Boeheim, is gearing up to make his transfer commitment. Jimmy posted on Instagram on Wednesday night, implying that his time with Cornell had come to a close and his next school would be announced soon.
“Not the way I imagined it coming to an end, but I’m forever grateful to this program for taking a chance on me when nobody else would and for giving me friends and memories to last a lifetime …next year’s decision coming soon!”
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Jimmy Boeheim entered the transfer portal in mid-November after the Ivy League canceled its season due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 6-foot-8, 215-pound swingman averaged 16.7 points and 5.6 rebounds per game as a junior, shooting 72 percent from the free-throw line over 21 games.
The year prior, Boeheim appeared in 31 contests with 16 starts, averaging 11.8 points on 46 percent shooting. Before playing sparingly as a freshman for the Big Red, he went to New Hampton School for a prep season, tallying 8.7 points on 42 percent shooting to go with 5.8 rebounds per game. Jimmy played previously at Jamesville-DeWitt High School, averaging 22.3 points per game as a senior.
Buddy Boeheim, Jimmy’s younger brother, was asked about the possibility of a family reunion before the year.
“That’s up to him for sure,” Buddy Boeheim said. “Whatever he decides to do — if he decides to stay at Cornell or go somewhere else — I’ll be supporting him no matter what. But if he does decide to come here, that’d be a lot of fun. I got to play with him in high school for a year and that was a great experience. Whatever he ends up doing, I’ll be 100 percent supportive. I’m sure wherever he goes, he’ll make an impact or whatever he does, he’ll be great.”
Jimmy Boeheim would join a forward group still in flux. The two players who saw the most minutes at the position for SU last year have yet to lock in their statuses for next winter. Junior Alan Griffin could come back, enter the transfer portal or go through the pre-draft process to better evaluate his professional standing. Sophomore Quincy Guerrier intends to take that latter route, working out in front of NBA scouts before determining his path.
Redshirt sophomore forward Robert Braswell, who carved out a role during the team’s Sweet 16 run, has entered the transfer portal.