Onyx an undiscovered gem

As Anthony Davis can attest, a late growth spurt can be a gamechanger. Sometimes additional height actually can hurt a prospect, but not so in the case of junior big man Onyx Boyd, who has sprouted from 6-7 to 6-11.

With so many games to play during their own seasons, it’s understandable that college coaches sometimes discover a player relatively late in the process. It’s especially understandable when a prospect blossoms late, such as 6-11 center Onyx Boyd.

A junior at Virginia Beach (Va.) Bishop Sullivan, Boyd has developed into a fine true center from the 2016 class. He attended the VA Top 80 last weekend but didn’t compete due to some cramping issues, but we caught up with him as he prepares to enter the spring period.

”No one wants to be a center, but I’m a straight center,” Boyd said. “I’m a center now and planning to be a center in college.”

For good reason. Boyd does most of his work inside, leaping impressively from a standing position for numerous slams. While not a high-flyer, he gets what he has quickly and without needing any steps. It’s functional basketball athleticism. He also elevates on defense to swat shots at the bucket or even on jump shooters.

Boyd must gain muscle, catch up physically to his height and cultivate more post offense, but the tools are there for him to play at the major conference level.

”Onyx has come a long way,” River City Reign coach Chris Herron said. “His athletic ability, length and instincts make him a great rim protector and his post skill set is developing rapidly. He does a great job of catching and finishing around the rim as well.”

Boyd holds a couple offers already with some high-majors beginning to make contact.

”My offers are Hofstra and High Point,” Boyd said, “and I have interest from Clemson, Kansas State, Xavier, ODU (Old Dominion), Radford, Winthrop and James Madison.”

It bodes well that Boyd relishes the opportunity to play center. He won’t need to be told that he isn’t the next Kevin Durant, and as such perhaps he can acclimate more quickly to college basketball. First things first, he’ll tour the travel circuit and with the Reign and attempt to further establish his place within the grassroots realm.

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