Boatwright excited about offer

Arizona recently offered 2015 forward Bennie Boatwright, Jr. Read on to find ut about his reaction, where he plans on visiting this summer, and more.

With Arizona settled in for the upcoming season, attention has been turned to recruiting for the future classes of Wildcats.

The Arizona coaches have been recruiting multiple prospects from the class of 2015, but have recently amped up the recruitment of one in particular.

Mission Hills (Calif.) Bishop Alemany forward Bennie Boatwright is one of the players that has been offered a scholarship by the Wildcats.

"Arizona offered him a scholarship about three weeks ago," Bennie Sr., said. "It means a lot to us because they are in the Pac-12 and one of the elite programs in the country. We were excited when it happened."

The Boatwrights have had plenty of communication with the Wildcat staff, including Sean Miller.

"We've been talking to Coach Pasternack and I've talked a bit with Sean Miller on the phone," Boatright said. "They really like Bennie's basketball ability, his shooting and his versatility.

"They think he would really help the program. With his ability to play inside and out and his strong defense, they can see him playing a couple different places, which helps him get on the floor."

Boatwright Jr. has been playing in the EYBL over the past few weeks and will play in the Peach Jam tournament in the coming weeks. He is currently playing with California Supreme, whose starting point guard is Arizona commit, Parker Jackson-Cartwright.

"He just came back from playing in the EYBL in Minnesota," he said. "There was some elite competition up there at the Nike EYBL.

"He loves playing with Cal Supreme. They all distribute the ball to each other well and that Parker Jackson-Cartwright is one of the elite players in the country. He's also playing with Cheatham and Aaron Holiday and all the other elite players as well."

Boatwright Sr. was quick to praise the ability of Jackson-Cartwright and believes that his son enjoys playing with someone who can distribute the ball in the way that the point guard does.

"Parker is one of the elite point guards in the country," he said. "He has an uncanny ability to pass the ball and find the open man. He's always in the right position at the right moment.

"We have high interest in the Pac-12 and I'm sure Parker knows that just from talking to my son. I'm sure they've had some discussions about Arizona."

Over the summer, Boatwright will attend AAU tournaments with Cal Supreme, but will also attend a camp and make a few visits.

"He is going to be at the Nike Elite 100 camp in a few weeks," Sr. said. "Then, we are going to go on unofficial visits to UCLA, USC, Arizona, Arizona State, Washington, Oregon State and if we can get there, Gonzaga. The plan is to make all these trips in June."

Once on campus, the younger Boatwright will be scouting the school as much as he is being scouted on the court. Bennie Jr. is looking for a place that has a comfortable feel to it over the summer.

"While we're visiting, we just want to get a feel for the school and see what Bennie likes," Sr. said. "He's the one who has to go to school there, so it is important that he feels comfortable."

In addition, he is also looking for a system that fits the style of play that he wants to be a part of in college.

"He's looking for a school that can utilize his versatility," Boatwright Sr. said. "He wants to play out on the perimeter and play inside a little and distribute the ball too. It is very similar to the way Kyle Anderson plays a point forward position sometimes. That is very important to him."

As a rising junior in high school, Boatwright has plenty of time to make his decision. His family is taking the right steps and going through the process, but they don't expect to be done anytime soon.

"It is basically wide open for him right now," Boatwright Sr. said. "We're taking the first visits in June and then there is still two years of basketball to play.

"It's so early because you never know about coaches leaving and players leaving. Some could transfer and others can go to the draft, so it's still very early in the recruitment."

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