Buddy Boeheim of Syracuse will be watching the NBA draft with family in New York City and hopes to get a chance

Syracuse, NY – Buddy Boeheim will be in New York City on Thursday, but he will not be at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for the NBA draft.

Boeheim and his family – Jim, Julie and his older brother Jimmy – will settle in a restaurant in Manhattan and spend the night there. They will have a private room. There will be a few other customers for Roc Nation as well.

“We’ll see how it goes,” Buddy Boeheim said in a phone interview last Saturday.

If the fictitious drafts and speculation are correct, Buddy Boeheim will not be drafted on Thursday.

There is a chance he will hear his name calling out. He worked on 13 different NBA teams in the weeks leading up to the draft.

But whether he goes in the second round or becomes a free agent without a draft when the draft ends, Buddy Boeheim knows his near future will be a chance to play in the NBA Summer League. And that’s all he wants: a chance.

“Even if I was certain, I wouldn’t change the approach,” Paddy Boehm said. “I just want to have a chance and I will get that whether I am a recruit or not. I will have the chance to play in the summer league.

“The draft is not the most important thing. It would be a great honor if some team decided to take me, but I am focused on controlling what I can control.”

Boeheim will eventually get that chance, and it will be more than just an elusive Lloyd Christmas dream.

That’s because Boeheim has the hottest commodity in the NBA right now, a stroke that made him one of the top 3-point throwing threats in the country last season.

Boeheim led the ACC with 19.2 points per game last year. Most importantly, he made 88 three-pointers, averaging 2.75 per game and ranking second in the ACC. He finished his career with 309 three-pointers, second only to Jerry McNamara’s school number of 400. For his career, Boeheim made 36.2% of his 3-point attempts, all while being the focal point of opposing defenses as a novice and senior.

Thus, his itinerary was filled with NBA teams wanting to see him train in their facilities. The list includes Clippers, Knicks, Portland, Golden State, Orlando, Miami, and more.

Ironically, the drills gave Boeheim an opportunity to show NBA teams parts of his game beyond his ability to shoot the ball.

“I think most of it isn’t really about shooting,” he said. “I’ve had four years of shooting and taking hard shots. You obviously want to go in and shoot the ball, but I have a few things where you missed some shots.

“I have tried to show that I am getting faster and getting stronger. I have added some muscle since the end of the season. I am more than just a shooter. I can do the right play. I can guard and do other things.”

In many cities, Boeheim found a friendly face.

In Orlando, former Syracuse guard Michael Carter Williams saw and spoke for 10 minutes. In Portland, former SU strength coach Todd Forsier conducted conditioning tests.

Former Syracuse striker Wes Johnson, who is now developing the Clippers, performed the exercise there.

While Boeheim was staying in Los Angeles, he took a break from living in hotels and spent the weekend at the home of SU walk-ons Ky and Shane Feldman.

“It was pretty cool,” Boheim said.

Two people he didn’t see on the road were his former teammates Jimmy Boeheim and Cole Swider. NBA teams try to avoid bringing in players who may be familiar with each other in the same exercise because it could give them an advantage over other possibilities.

“I went to a town twice before or right after Jimmy was there,” Boddy said. “We’ll text each other after the workout and ask how it was.”

Buddy and Jamie still share an apartment in New York City, where they have been since the season ended. But for the past three weeks, they’ve rarely been there at the same time.

“I think we’ve been here for a night or two together,” Buddy said. “This is my first day in a week or so. I’ll get a night or two here and a chance to reset. He’s been traveling last week.”

The brothers will definitely be together Thursday night in Manhattan while the top picks don fancy suits to attend the draft proceedings in Brooklyn.

Eventually, Buddy would join the draft picks at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

“I’m going to have my chance and then it’s just to take that chance,” he said. “So far, the comments have been good. I think I can help the team with what I bring.”

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