Boateng Closing In On Decision

Eric Boateng, considered one of the top center prospects in the class of 2005, has had an up and down summer. However his 'upside' has many high major programs battling it out for his signature on a national letter of intent, and the race is winding down.

Jeff Goodman Eric Boateng is his own worst critic.

The 6-10 senior big man, who is still working his way back from a foot injury that sidelined him for much of his junior campaign, knows he hasn't played up to par of late.

``I was on a roll up until the injury," Boateng said. "I was in a groove and it's taking me a long time to get back into it. I feel like I'm rebounding well, but I'm not scoring as much as I'd like to."

``He's struggling," Delaware Sharpshooters coach Duane Coverdale said. "I don't know what it is, maybe his confidence is a little shaken up. In the end, he's still one of the best centers in the nation and he'll get through it." Boateng is en route home to spend a few weeks with his family in England and will talk to them about his college decision. He was leaning towards committing to Duke a few weeks ago and the Blue Devils still lead – but now he's also contemplating taking official visits to Georgia Tech and Boston College upon his return.

``I'm going to talk to people around me, my parents and family," he said. "That'll help me sort things out. I might end up taking visits. I need to think about that."

``I just want to go somewhere where I can develop," Boateng added. "Right now I'm not where I want to be. I'm confident it'll come, but I want to go to the place where I'll develop the most. That's what I need."

Boateng still needs to get stronger and more aggressive on the offensive end, but coaches from major programs, including Duke, see his potential.

``As much as I don't like to say that I'm new to the game, I guess I am," Boateng said.

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