Are Jim and Buddy Boeheim related? Syracuse’s coach-son duo has Orange on another March Madness run

No matter how you look at it, there may be no person more important to Syracuse’s drive for a 2021 national championship than Boeheim. Buddy or Jim: Make your choice.

The father-son duo is helping lead the Orange in the 2021 NCAA Tournament, Jim as a Hall of Fame coach and Buddy as his star player. And, as Syracuse delves deeper into the tournament, the more pronounced their relationship will become on the national landscape.

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Here’s everything you need to know about Jim Boeheim and his son:

Is Buddy Boeheim related to Jim?

Yes; Buddy Boeheim is the son of Jim and Juli Boeheim. He is one of four siblings, including older brother Jimmy, twin sister Jamie and older sister Elizabeth, whom Jim Boheim adopted while still in his first marriage with Elaine Boeheim.

Jimmy Boeheim would have been a senior at Cornell in 2020-21, but elected to transfer after the Ivy League decided to cancel its men’s and women’s basketball seasons; sister Jamie played at the University of Rochester but was listed as a team manager for 2019-20.

Does Jim Boeheim’s son play for him?

Yes. Buddy Boeheim is in his third year playing under his father at Syracuse. He averages 12.8 points, two rebounds and 1.9 assists per game for his career. He also averages 41.3 shooting percentage and 37.3 3-point shooting.

He currently leads Syracuse in minutes played per game (36.2), field goals per game (6.5), field goal attempts per game (14.9), 3-point percentage (39.1) and points per game (17.7)

Buddy Boeheim’s real name and age

“Buddy” is merely the Syracuse player’s nickname; his real name is Jackson. According to the Democrat & Chronicle (Rochester, N.Y.), Buddy received his nickname “thanks to (his) mom’s love of nicknames.” Jimmy is called “J.J.,” Jamie is called “Sissy” and Jackson is called “Buddy.”

Buddy was born alongside sister Jamie on Nov. 11, 1999, making him 21 years old. He will turn 22 in November.

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What year is Buddy Boeheim in college?

Buddy Boeheim is currently a junior. He has played — and started — each of the last 55 games for the Orange over the last two seasons. He played in 32 games as a freshman as well, but only earned five starts.

Below is a year-by-year breakdown of his per-game stats:

Year Shooting pct. 3-point pct. Rebounds Assists Points
2018-19 .381 .353 1.6 1.0 6.8
2019-20 .407 .370 1.9 2.2 15.3
2020-21 .439 .391 2.5 2.7 17.7

How old is Jim Boeheim?

Jim Boeheim, born in November 1944, is currently 76 years old. He will turn 77 in November. Jim Boeheim was 54 when son Buddy was born; he turned 55 six days later.

He is the oldest coach in Division I men’s basketball history, beating out such contemporaries as Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski (74), Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton (72), Miami coach Jim Larrañaga (71) and Roy Williams (70).

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