Even North Carolina has started to show some interest – although not yet in the form of an offer – just in case elite post target Brian Butch makes like David Padgett and picks somebody other than the Tar Heels.
"They've been recruiting me lightly for the last month," said Boone, who's spending this year at Colora (MD) West Nottingham Academy. "They came up to see me last week."
Easy to see why. Boone is an agile, athletic big guy who can block shots – he's always had those traits – and he's put on an extra inch and 15 more pounds in the last year. He's also a terrific student, with a 3.5 GPA and a 1200-plus SAT score.
All of that makes him a high-major priority at this stage of the Class of 2003 recruiting cycle – especially, of course, when some of the top-tier guys start making decisions. And especially when Boone's been showing signs of such progress.
"He's become more aggressive," said Anthony Lewis, the coach of his Baltimore Cecil Kirk travel team. "He's attacking the basket more. He's become more effective."
The soft-spoken Boone tends to agree.
"Aggressiveness has been the major thing," he said. "My coaches have been telling me to shoot the ball more and to get after it."
As for his decision?
"I'm trying to go early if at all possible," he explained. "I could see going to Kansas. But I'm not leaning to anybody right now."