Boykin: "It's Still Sinking In"

Jamal Boykin realized a dream on Saturday night when a phone call from Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski came to his Los Angeles home. Shortly after the conversation ended the 6-foot-7, 225 pound combo forward had his college choice wrapped up, the third member of the class of 2005 to choose Duke.

"It's still sinking in," said Jamal Boykin of his commitment. "I had told my family that if Coach K was to offer I would probably go ahead and do it. When he called Saturday he told me that he had been impressed with me this summer and that he wanted me to be a Blue Devil next year. I told him I was ready to be one now."

And with that Krzyzewski picked up his third commitment from the class of 2005, as Boykin joined Josh McRoberts and Greg Paulus as future Devils. Now it's up to Boykin to continue the dream.

"Coach told me that I reminded him of Shane Battier because I really don't have a set position yet. I can play the power forward or I can play on the wing. I can dream of having the kind of career Shane did, but that's what I am striving for."

Much like Battier, Jamal could enter Duke as part of a large class as the Blue Devils still have their eyes on Delaware center Eric Boateng and Seattle area power forward Jon Brockman.

"That's the plan, and I've already gotten to know most of the guys they're trying to get. I met and played with Josh at Nike camp. If we can get Brockman and Boateng to join up, we'll be a pretty special class. I think it'll happen."

Rated as the #69 player in the country by, but considered one of the top 25 by Prepstars, Boykin has made a living battling in the paint where his constant intensity allows him to constantly put up good numbers against anyone in his class. It's that kind of dedication that he hopes to bring to the Duke program.

"I'm going to bust my butt every day to live up to what it means to be a Blue Devil. There is a responsibility that comes with wearing Duke across your chest, and I've got a shot to prove myself there for four seasons."

Boykin will likely head to Durham for his official visit the weekend of Sept. 10.

As a junior Jamal helped lead Fairfax to a state title. He averaged 19.5 points, 11.4 rebounds, and just under three blocks per game. Most amazing was his field goal percentage of 76.7% from the field (174-of-227), and 75% free throw mark (81-of-108).

Off the court Boykin has built a reputation as one of the best ‘character' recruits in his class thanks to a curriculum that keeps him well rounded.

"Sometimes I just put too much on my plate. I love being involved in things, and I have a passion for the arts. I wrote and performed in a play that got shown in a theater near our school, and have acted in five of them to date. I also really love painting and drawing. It's like my own personal escape from the world, aside from basketball."

Boykin chose Duke over offers from Georgia Tech, Illinois, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, and Boston College

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