Three Syracuse players recently played in scouting events ahead of the 2022 NBA Draft, and we caught up with NBA Scout Ryan Blake, who saw all of them in action, on this week’s The Juice on the Cuse Podcast, presented by SNY.tv.
Former Orange guard Buddy Boeheim played in the G League Elite Camp, while former forwards Cole Swider and Jimmy Boeheim were in action at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.
While Buddy struggled in his first game at camp, he surged in his second day, hitting 6 of 10 from 3-point land for 20 points. While he was not given an invite to the NBA Combine, he has worked out for the Knicks, Kings and Warriors, and canned an impressive 71-of-80 from beyond the arc deep during his Knicks workout.
“Shooting-wise, when you’re 6-6 and have that kind of shooting touch, that’s always going to be wanted in our game,” Ryan says. “And there’s an advantage of coming from a great coach like his father […] If he doesn’t get drafted, he’s going to have a lot of inquiries for the summer league.”
Buddy finished as the ACC’s leading scorer at 19.2 points to go along with 3.1 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game, en route to being named a First-Team All-ACC performer.
Ryan also said that while Buddy didn’t necessarily have the raw athleticism to defend at the NBA level, he makes up for it in other ways.
“It’s not just athleticism to keep in front. It’s about how to get there and anticipation,” Ryan says. “He may not have that fast-twitch quickness that other athletes have, but he has a good anticipation whether to go over or under a screen. And he’s also a good enough leader where he can direct his teammates.”
Ryan also gave his thoughts on Swider and Jimmy, who had uneven performances at Portsmouth.
“(Swider) didn’t shoot the ball that well,” Ryan says. “However, I was so happy that he played both ends of the floor. He made other players better. He rebounded. He got to the rim. We were happy to see him compete the way that he did.”
Said Ryan on Jimmy: “He’s a guy that’s 6-7, 6-8 and can shoot the ball, and play a number of different positions. The question is if he can play defense. But here’s a guy that’s going to get individual workouts and is going to get a chance in the Summer League.”
Afterward, editor in chief Brad Bierman calls in to chat about the offseason plans for the Syracuse basketball, football and lacrosse teams.