Preseason rewards continue to pile up for Syracuse senior basketball shooting guard Buddy Boeheim.
The 6-foot-6 Boeheim, who averaged nearly 18 points per game as a junior and over 15 points per game in sophomore, is one of the top 10 returning players heading into the 2021-22 term. , according to a college basketball insider. Andy Katz.
Stan Becton of NCAA.com recently posted an article highlighting the top 25 returning players for 2021-2022, as put together by Katz, who is a leading sports analyst and journalist.
Katz has Boeheim in 9th place overall. Here’s what Becton said about Boeheim in his article on the Orange star. “The legendary coach’s son came into the limelight last year and showed what he can do on the pitch. Buddy Boeheim scored 55 points in the first two games of the Syracuse NCAA Tournament, making 13 threes on 57 percent shots from deep. After turning off the lights to bring the Orange to the Sweet Sixteen, Katz believes Boeheim can replicate his success in 2021-2022.
The top eight, according to Katz, are Johnny Juzang of UCLA, Drew Timme of Gonzaga, Kofi Cockburn of Illinois, Hunter Dickinson of Michigan, Tracye Jackson-Davis of Indiana, Marcus Carr of Texas, EJ Liddell of l ‘Ohio State and Jaden Ivey of Purdue.
Syracuse basketball goalie Buddy Boeheim is firmly on the national card.
A few days ago, we wrote a column explaining how Athlon Sports unveiled their three pre-season All-America teams for 2021-2022. Boeheim is part of the second team there.
Its inclusion did not surprise me at all. I’ve been saying for some time now that I think Boeheim will fight in a meaningful way for All-American status, as well as the first All-ACC unit.
Earlier this summer, MakingtheMadness.com writer, analyst and bracketologist Jonathon Warriner released his Top 100 list for 2021-2022. Warriner included incoming freshmen in his ranking and Boeheim was placed at No.22 nationally.
Over the past two seasons, Boeheim has shown he is much more than a 3-point specialist. He can score accurately in the midrange and around the basket. His defense needs to keep improving, and I think it will.
Last March, Boeheim caught fire in the NCAA tournament, helping guide double-digit seed Orange on a trip to the Sweet 16, where the ‘Cuse fell to Houston in the regional semifinals.
As we prepare for 2021-2022, Syracuse basketball could turn out a bit under the radar, according to preseason projections from domestic experts. That won’t be the case for Boeheim, however.