One of the latest targets to emerge on the Michigan basketball scene is Roanoke, VA SG Ben Boggs. The 6-4, 185 pounder has been garnering more and more attention from coaches and scouts in recent weeks. After averaging 16 points, eight rebounds, and four assists while leading Hidden Valley High to the Final Four in his home state, Boggs carried over his strong play to the summer circuit for the East Coast Fusion. Despite a reputation as a strong shooter, he continues to work tirelessly on that aspect of his game in hopes of becoming more like the area hero he is trying to emulate.
"Shooting and ball-handling are the two biggest things I'm working on getting better at." Boggs said. "I'm nowhere near as good a shooter as the guy I look up to. J.J. Redick is a hometown hero. That's where I'm from. That's who I'd like to be like one day. I like his game. He can shoot the ball, but yet put it on the floor. Plus he is a good passer. He is a good player to model your game after.
If Boggs continues to play well this summer, his scholarship tally will surely grow. The rising 2009 prospect only has two offers to his credit thus far, but is receiving interest from a number of others.
"I have offers from Virginia Tech and James Madison, and I've been hearing from Michigan, Stanford, Clemson, Richmond, and William & Mary," said Boggs. "Another school that is recruiting me is (Virginia). I've taken a visit down there and I've also been to Virginia Tech. Those are the only two I've gone to unofficially, but I am going to visit some more in August."
Michigan is among the crop of schools that have recently jumped into the fray. Coach John Beilein was on hand at the Harley Davidson Jam Fest in West Virginia last weekend and was spotted in the crowd at one of Boggs' games. GoBlueWolverine was in attendance as well, and witnessed the 6-4 190-pounder display the kind of shooting touch that the Wolverines so clearly covet.
"Coach Mahoney is recruiting me, but I've talked to Coach Beilein on the phone," Boggs said to GoBlueWolverine after one of his games at the Jam Fest. "They told me a lot about the school and academics because I'm interested in that. They said they liked my game and how I played and that they were going to come watch me this summer."
With his recruitment just starting to pick up, Boggs is in no rush to make an early decision. That said, if the right opportunity presents itself, he won't hesitate to pull the trigger.
"I just want to make sure I pick the right school," he said. "I'd probably like to make a decision sometime this fall if I feel the program is right. But if I don't feel like it's the right time, then I'll wait."
"I'd like to be somewhat close to home, but I have family up in Ohio so somewhere close to family is fine," he continued. "But if I like the school, it has good academics, a good program, and a great coach, then I could go further away."