Wolverines Make Move on Top Forward

Michigan was one of a number of schools on the phone recently with one of the nation's best forwards. The impression the Wolverines left was favorable because they've now entered his recruitment in a big way.

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Jamal Boykin has made it no secret that he holds the Duke Blue Devil program in high regard, but the maize and blue hues appear to be gaining favor with the rugged 6-6 combo forward from Fairfax H.S. in Los Angeles.

After competing with Dinos Trigonis' Belmont Shore program on early Thursday morning at the Pangos Midnight Madness, Boykin revealed that Michigan is one of his top five choices alongside Georgetown, Boston College, Illinois and Duke.

Each of those programs, save Duke, have offered Boykin scholarships.Others who have offered and still being actively considered by Boykin are Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, Miami, Southern Cal and Georgetown.

"The calls have really changed things,"" Boykin said of the conversations he's had with college coaches during the four-day break. "Schools that are very good basketball programs that I had previously never looked at tell me things, and it matches."

"As a result, Michigan is now one of my top schools," he continued. "I talk to them, they are very well connected, and basketball wise, they have had some great basketball teams. But just as far as what I would like to do off the basketball court, they have the connections to allow me to do that."

Even though Duke has yet to offer, Boykin has pledged to visit the ACC power in September. It's the one visit that he's sure he wants to take, although no date has been set up to this juncture.

"I am thinking about taking a visit to Michigan, too," he said. "And I'd like to visit Georgia Tech."

While a prospective student-athlete is allowed up to five official campus trips, Boykin doesn't envision himself needing that many to make an informed decision.

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