Ryan Boatright excelled on the court for the East Aurora Tomcats this season. The 5-11 point guard averaged 26.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 3.3 steals per game as he led East Aurora to the semifinals of the Neuqua Valley sectional in the IHSA playoffs. In recognition of his performance, the Aurora Beacon-News named Boatright their Area Player of the Year for the 2009-10 season.
Boatright made his mark at East Aurora and then brought his game to the international scene when he decided to compete with Team USA in Mannheim, Germany last month.
Boatright averaged 19.6 ppg while representing his country on the 18 and under USA team at the 25th Albert Schweitzer tournament played in Germany in April. Team USA played seven games in eight days and finished fourth among the 16 countries represented.
"That was a great experience," said Boatright. "The level of play is great and there is a lot of good talent overseas."
Boatright will use the international experience that he gained in Germany when he returns to the international stage with the Adidas Nations USA team. Last weekend, Boatright was in Las Vegas practicing and scrimmaging with his Adidas Nations teammates.
"We're getting to know each other and stuff like that," said Ryan.
Boatright is ranked as the 15th best point guard in the nation and 67th overall in the class of 2011 by Scout.com. When he isn't on the court with an international traveling team, Boatright has been busy playing with the Derrick Rose All-Stars and will be on the AAU circuit with them this summer.
All of that doesn't give Boatright much time for thinking about college recruiting and that is okay by Ryan. After committing to USC coach Tim Floyd at the tender age of 14 three years ago, Boatright decommitted last year and is in no real rush to offer up a verbal commitment again.
"I'm looking to make a decision by the end of the summer," Ryan said.
Two schools have recruited Boatright both before and after a recent coach change – DePaul and Wake Forest.
First-year DePaul coach Oliver Purnell and assistant coach Billy Garrett have made Boatright a priority in their plans to reestablish the Blue Demons men's basketball program.
In fact, DePaul is the only Midwestern school on Boatright's list.
"My whole career no Big Ten schools have been after me," Boatright told Scout.com's Dave Telep earlier in the week. "I've never considered anybody except DePaul and they're in the Big East.
The DePaul staff is giving him serious attention because he is the right kind of point guard for the variety of high-octane pressure defense that Purnell wants to bring to Chicago.
Scout.com's Evan Daniels recently described Boatright as a speed demon. "Boatright lacks strength, but his speed and athleticism help make up the difference. He has no problem getting where he wants to on the court and is a heck of a scorer," said Daniels.
Among other schools pursuing Boatright are Kansas State, Miami, and Tennessee.
"Some of the schools are waiting to see my transcripts," Boatright said. "I just took the ACT."
Ryan has also started to receive some new interest from east coast schools.
"I don't have any new ones recently except for Boston College and West Virginia," said Boatright.
Stay tuned to WeAreDePaul.com for the very latest on Ryan Boatright and other class of 2011 recruits.
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