All-Star Prospect Discusses Interest In Tigers

Nell Fortner and her staff have been busy looking for basketball recruits. There are good ones in the state this year and one of the best talks about her interest in the new AU coaches.

Florence, Ala.--In what looks to be a good year for women's college basketball prospects in the state of Alabama, one of the most impressive rising seniors in the state is guard Whitney Boddie.

She averaged 20 points, nine rebounds and nine assists per game as a junior at Bradshaw High and is expected to be one of the top high school players in the state for the 2004-2005 season.

The daughter of former University of North Alabama standout Otis Boddie, the five-foot-seven guard says that Auburn is her favorite college program.

"I like Auburn," she says. "Coach (Nell) Fortner is awesome and I love the staff. I love her especially. She is a great lady. You can tell she wants to win and that is how I am. I don't like to lose. It is just a great atmosphere. The coaches there have gelled together. You can tell they have that bond and it makes it great for the players. It makes me want to come in and be a part of it."

Whitney Boddie

Boddie was one of the standouts in this summer's North-South Alabama High School All-Star Game in Montgomery. With the help of her friend Dewanna Bonner, a top-notch prospect from Fairfield High School, the strong guard play of the North squad helped that team cruise to a 98-69 victory. Boddie scored 11 points, grabbed eight rebounds, added four assists and three steals in 21 minutes of court time and was also strong defensively.

"I have been playing basketball all of my life," Boddie tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I grew up playing with guys and I had to learn how to dribble the ball and get my own rebounds. It helped me learning to play the street ball kind of basketball, but it also helped me fundamentally on the basketball court."

Boddie says she really enjoyed the all-star week experience in Montgomery getting to play with and against the state's top seniors-to-be. "This team was so awesome," she says. "It was so much fun, especially playing with Dewanna. She is one of the top players in the nation, not just the state. We have played together a lot. For me it was just an honor to play with her and the rest of the players on our team. Hopefully, Dewanna and I will have a chance to play together in college."

Boddie's school, Bradshaw, is being combined with Coffee High for what should be an instant girls basketball power. "We will be a 6A school and will have around 1,500 students," Boddie says. "We should have a strong team with a chance to win the state championship."

Boddie says she plans to continue to work on her strengths and weaknesses the rest of the summer. "I think the strength of my game is creating," she says. "I am more of slasher who tries to take it to the hole and tries to dish it off, but if it I have it I will score. I am working on my shooting because coming in I wasn't very good at shooting off the dribble. I am still working on my outside shot on the three."

Even though her dad was a star basketball player, Boddie says she picked up much of what she knows about the game from playing it herself for years. "He taught me some," the guard says with a smile. "He grew up having to learn a lot on his own and I did the same thing. I think that made me strong. I turned to him for advice when I needed it, but a lot of stuff I just went out there and played with the guys and learned it on my own."

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