Listen to his words: Jim Boeheim plans to return for the 2022-23 season at Syracuse.
The 2020-21 season has been disappointing for Syracuse. The Orange fell to 15-14 (9-9 ACC) following a home loss Saturday night to Duke, 97-72. Once again, Syracuse’s defense was shredded. Playing without center Jesse Edwards for the fifth time, the Orange allowed 1.57 points per possession; Duke feasted at the rim (nine dunks) and from beyond the arc (15-of-32 3PA).
Currently, ranks No. 222 in KenPom’s adjusted defensive efficiency metric.
Follow the Duke defeat, Boeheim was asked if he plans to be back next season; his response amounted to a resounding “yes.”
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Boeheim stressed that he’s told recruits that he plans to be back, too, which seems simple but is rather important. With five commits, Syracuse has a top-25 recruiting class for the 2022 cycle.
The unnamed recruit that Boeheim referenced in the press conference is 4-star combo guard Judah Mintz.
Mintz, a borderline top-50 prospect in the 2022 class, took his official visit to Syracuse this weekend. This followed a visit to NC State last weekend. Mintz is scheduled for an official visit to Wake Forest next weekend, too.
Those three ACC programs, along with DePaul, remain in the running to land Mintz.