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Jim Boeheim Golf Classic returns to Atunyote

By MIKE LEVIN

VERNON, N.Y. (WKTV) - Syracuse head basketball coach Jim Boeheim was back at the Atunyote Golf Club Thursday, for his Seventh Annual Golf Classic, benefitting the Jim & Juli Boeheim Foundation.

The event raised about $200,000, a new record for the golf tournament hosted at the Turning Stone Resort every year, formerly at the Shenendoah before moving to the Atunyote.

The Jim & Juli Boeheim Foundation raises money for kids in need in Central New York through programs such as the Golf Classic.

The eyes of Coach Boeheim and the rest of the basketball world are also focused on the NBA Draft Thursday night, during which three Orange players hope to hear their names called: Tyler Ennis, Jerami Grant and C.J. Fair.

"It's such a hard league to make, the players are so great," Boeheim said before Thursday's tournament.  "People don't realize how tough it is to play in the NBA, be the tenth guy on an NBA team you're an all-american in college.  Hopefully our guys do well and get good positions and have an opportunity to play next year in the NBA."

Coach Boeheim spoke with NEWSChannel 2 Sports Director Mike Levin about a variety of topics, including the ACC, Carmelo Anthony's opting out of his Knicks contract, King of Kings star Brandon Triche, as well as the upcoming Frozen Dome Classic.

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