When NBA Draft Kicks off at Barclays Center Thursday night, it could be a showdown between siblings.
Among this year’s aspiring pro class are two groups of brothers: Syracuse’s Buddy, Jimmy Boeheim and Trey and Bryce McGowens of the University of Nebraska. (It was nearly three: Keegan Murray is expected to be in the top five while his twin brother Chris opted to return to the University of Iowa earlier this month.)
Although it’s not unprecedented, “it’s very rare,” Roc Nation agent Drew Gross, who represents both Boeheims and McGowens, told The Post. “It was great to see how they rooted each other.”
Twins Jason and Jaron Collins were both formulated in 2001. Brooke and Robin Lopez They were selected from Stanford in 2008. In 2011, twins Markiv and Marcus Morris were selected back-to-back in the first round. But the glory of the NBA is not a slam dunk. there Andrew Wiggins, who was the first overall pick in 2014 While his brother Nick went abroad and played outside.
Likewise, brothers McGuinness and Boehheim have different expectations, with both younger siblings expected to make an early appearance. Here, they talk to The Post about sharing a special link while chasing their NBA dreams.
Former Nebraska star Bryce McGuins, 19, was chasing more than just a flashy style statement when he drafted it — he wanted to honor his older brother, Trey.
“I went in a light gray suit,” Price, who is 6-foot-7, told The Post. “She has Trey’s shirt and mine is stitched on the inside… Without him, I wouldn’t be at the stage I am at right now. He taught me so much along the way.”
A sartorial tribute is a sweet touch for South Carolina residents. “I don’t want to be too mushy. I’m happy. It’s really exciting because we did it together,” Trey, 22, told The Post.
Now, the siblings are vying for a place on the NBA roster. They signed with the same agent and lived minutes apart in Las Vegas, where they trained through most of the draft process.
“We talk every day. After every workout, we call each other to see how that workout went,” said 6-foot-4 Trey.
The duo have not been on the same team since they were 5 and 8 years old. But over the past year, they’ve made up for it. In 2020, Trey moved from Pete to the University of Nebraska and despite insisting he didn’t influence his brother, Bryce followed suit.
“When I found out Bryce was coming to Nebraska, I was excited that we didn’t play high school ball together. And in the Big Ten, having someone in your corner helped you. There might be some jealousy when the freshmen do as well as he did,” he said. Trey of his brother, who averaged 16.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists last season, is “just to have someone who wants the best for him”.
The couple comes from an athletic family. Their father Bobby played football and basketball in South Carolina while their mother Pam played college hoops. They decided to enter the draft separately and said their shared path wasn’t by design – but it was a bonus.
“Literally everything keeps lining up perfectly,” Trey said.
They did not work with any teams together but each organization asked the brothers to reveal the exploratory reports on the other.
“They asked who’s the best player I’ve played with. It’s (Bryce). ‘It’s cute,’” said Trey, who describes his little brother. He is a good man.”
Bryce is expected to be either late in the first class or early in the second round. Meanwhile, Trey, whom Gross called “underestimated,” has more to prove. missed part of Last season with a broken foot.
“When I came to enlist, I knew I would have to work for my place. I understand it takes time,” Trey said, adding that there would be no jealousy of his brother if he heard his brother’s name called out.
Price echoed the sentiment: “We knew we’d get two different roads, but he’ll get what’s his.”
During the months-long recruiting process, the thread of family letters, about 20 relatives deep, illuminated each morning with Bible verses and inspirational words from their grandparents. “We held ten fingers behind us all the way,” Price said, adding that they “travel in packs.”
In that spirit, the family would likely rent a charter bus from South Carolina to New York City. They’ll meet at the 40/40 Club where we hope to celebrate at least one, and hopefully two, NBA Newbies.
But instead of looking forward to a champagne bath, Price hopes for a more relaxing treatment.
“My Aunt Stacey and Uncle Maurice make the best pudding,” he said. “I hope they attend that. I will text them now.”
As a child, Jamie and Buddy Boeheim were famous for competing with each other. “It was probably more unhealthy than anything,” Paddy, 22, told The Post. children Legendary Syracuse coach Jim Boehm They said their fighting behavior was mostly played out in the family game room where they were having a fight at Little Tikes collar.
“We were playing every day for hours and every time it ended in a fight,” Jamie, 24, told The Post. “Someone was running out crying for mom and dad and they were trying to make rules where we’re not allowed in [the room]. We were sneaking around and playing. My dad would try to head, and then we’d start yelling at him.”
But they put their siblings’ battles behind them as their goal in professionalism, a process that involved that Working for the Knicks together. Jimmy played at Cornell and spent a graduating year at Syracuse last season, playing alongside his sharp-shooting six-foot-six brother, who has come to be known as “Buddy bucketsAfter driving the Orange to Sweet Sixteen in 2021.
When it came to signing an agent, they admit they were a “package deal” and went with Roc Nation’s Gross, former Syracuse team manager. They move into the Sky Building on West 42nd Street, where they share an apartment and learn to live outside the Boeheim bubble in upstate.
The couple stayed together last year in Syracuse, and Buddy admits that his mother, Julie, regularly made his bed and cleaned his room. She was crying because she was dirty. I’m getting a little careless… I’m a mess. Paddy said of his 6-foot-8 brother.
“I train him day in and day out. I made him put a plate in the dishwasher today,” said Jimmy.
Looking forward to a post-college career is a surreal place for both. “I was always thinking about playing in Syracuse and that was all I wanted. I didn’t even know I would be able to play there. I was never a good player when I was young,” said Bady.
They both admitted they were late on the court, even though they lived, breathed, and ate basketball in Syracuse. Between Team Orange and their dad’s coaching team for Team USA, they were surrounded by their idols, some of whom had been seen visiting teams throughout the enlistment process.
“I saw milo A few weeks ago. He would text me before games and give me advice. “It means a lot,” Buddy said, adding that he has scored his check-ins with former Cuse stars Dionne Witters, Michael Carter Williams, Clipper assistant Wes Johnson, and former United States team and current Warriors star Andre Iguodala.
“He hugged me and told me to do something and it would all work out,” Paddy said of Iguodala. “It’s definitely full circle. They’re watching you and pulling at you and you look at them like kids. It’s really cool.”
Neither of them will be at Barclays for the draft. They will gather with friends and family in the Big Apple and wait to find out their fate in basketball.
“I don’t know what the process is but I have goals to play in the NBA and I want to be there. It’s about seizing the opportunity,” Buddy said, adding that he had no back-up plan, except to follow his father into training in the near future.
In the meantime, Jamie, who has a degree in finance, hopes he won’t have to use them. Even if it means he will end up in Europe.
“This process opened me up to work in the front office. I’m more interested in that than training,” he said.
And if the younger Boeheim makes it to the NBA, the older said there will be no going back for those fierce days in the playroom where every competition ended in tears.
“We want each other to go as far as possible,” Jimmy said. “I can play in YMCA as me [still] I want him to achieve as much as he can in the league.”