Has Louisville offered Jamal Boykin?

What school's are recruiting Jamal Boykin the hardest? What factors are important in his decision? How about Duke's involvement? Will he visit Louisville this spring? Dinos Trigonis provides the answers.

Remember Luke Walton, the son of former UCLA great Bill walton, who played at Arizona in recent years?

According to California AAU giant Dinos Trigonis, 6'7 Jamal Boykin of Los Angeles Westchester is a similar player to the former Wildcat forward.

Boykin is an outstanding passer, good skills and has the potential to become an excellent shooter with three point range.

He's averaging about 21 points, and 12 rebounds per game as junior but more importantly, he's improved his athleticism during the 2003-04 season.

"He's a lot more athletic and he's dunking more," Trigonis said. "He's been running and training hard and he has a great work ethic. He's got good intangibles, is a winner and constantly improves his game."

Louisville and Georgia Tech have been involved in Boykin's recruitment the longest and U of L head coach Rick Pitino dropped in a couple weeks ago to see the talented forward in action. Louisville assistant Reggie Theus also kept close tabs on Boykin during Hal Pastner's tournament earlier this season, too.

And it's that kind of persistance that might pay dividends downs the road with Boykin.

"He likes Louisville a lot," Trigonis said. "He's a very loyal kid and he respects those schools that were on him early."

Trigonis believes both the Cardinals and Yellow Jackets have offered scholarships. Schools like Pepperdine, USC, UCLA have also shown interest. And Duke remains one of the players' favorites, though the Blue Devils haven't offered or been out to see him this season.

Trigonis believes Boykin will make some visits during the month of May and Louisville just might be on the list.

"It would not surpise me one bit if Louisville gets a visit this spring," Trigonis said.


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