Boatright Has Big Junior Campaign

Ryan Boatright, a 2011 recruit, is having a big junior season. He's putting up big numbers and four college programs are making an impression on him.

Ryan Boatright shocked the recruiting world when he made a verbal commitment to Tim Floyd and USC as just an 8th grader.

"I don't think it was too early," Boatright said. "I think that I was going to miss out on a good experience, as far as taking the visits and all of that. But I wouldn't take it back. If Floyd was still there I wouldn't have decommitted."

Now, with Floyd out at USC, Boatright, a 5-foot-10, 160-pound lead guard, is back on the market and going through the recruiting process.

"I'm loving it," the Aurora (Ill.) East standout told Scout.com about the recruiting process. "It's good. Talking to all of these schools and meeting all of these people, I'm enjoying it."

Boatright claims offers from Miami and Wake Forest, while Tennessee is close to offering and Kentucky is firmly in the mix. All four schools have been in to see him during his high school season.

"I'm going to wait it out and probably take all my visits," he said. "I want to take my time with this one. I want to look at the schools and see where I fit at and which school really needs me."

The class of 2011 standout hasn't taken any unofficial visits due to time constraints, but that's something he's looking to do following his junior season.

Despite facing trick defenses majority of the season, Boatright is putting up huge numbers this year.

"I think I've been playing pretty good," he said. "I feel like my jump shot has fallen off a little bit compared to last year. Last year I was dropping threes like it was nothing, but this year I don't know what it is but they are all going in and out."

"I think I've matured a lot," Boatright added. "I've been playing a lot of box and one's, just about every game. Last year I would great frustrated and let that take me out of my game. I've had my highest scoring games until the box and one's."

Through 10 games, Boatright is averaging 24 points, seven assists and six rebounds for the 7-3 Tomcats.


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