Before he'd even stepped foot on a high school basketball floor, Ryan Boatright was making waves. Prior to his freshman season, he visited USC for their Elite camp and accepted a scholarship offer from then coach Tim Floyd. Now a junior at Aurora (Ill.) East, the 5-foot-10 point guard is back on the market and taking stock of his options.
Having been through the recruiting process without really going through it already, Boatright has been watching a lot of college basketball.
"I'll look at the system the team plays and all of that," said Boatright of what he's watching. "I like to get up and down so that's going to be important."
An athletic playmaker who specializes in breaking down opponents off the dribble and pushing the tempo in the open floor, it's not a surprise that Boatright is looking for an up tempo style where guards get to handle.
"That's why I like Kentucky," said Boatright. "They get up and down and they have that dribble drive offense and Coach really lets his guys go."
Thanks to the exposure the Wildcats have gotten this season after revamping their roster and bringing in John Calipari, Boatright has had plenty of chances to watch Kentucky.
"They've been playing real well," Boatright told Kentucky Sports Report. "They've got teamwork and they are executing. They play good defense when they need to as well."
Of course Kentucky isn't the only program recruiting Boatright. He claims offers from Wake Forest, Miami, DePaul and Baylor while others like Kansas State, Providence, Arkansas and Tennessee are taking a look. As for a decision, though, he's in no rush and plans to take his time after making such an early initial commitment.
"I'm in no hurry," said Boatright. "Of course the education and the school are going to be important. But, for real I want to make sure that I pick a place that me and my mom are comfortable with and things aren't going to change."