JC Forward Devron Bostick Has Gopher Interest

Devron Bostick, a 6-foot-5, 210-pound forward from Southwestern Illinois (IL) CC, has caught the attention of several high Division I schools, including Minnesota, after a strong performance in the recent Jerry Mullen camp in Tulsa. Bostick was named second-team NJCAA All-American as a freshman. Two Gophers coaches plan to see Bostick in person later this month, including head coach Tubby Smith.

Devron Bostick was named the Great Rivers Athletic Conference men's Freshman of the Year and Region 24 Player of the Year after averaging a team-best 19.1 points per game. He led the team to a 23-8 mark and a third seed in the region 24 playoffs. The Blue Storm defeated Rend Lake College 100-84 in the first round before losing to Southeastern Illinois 92-78.

Minnesota assistant coach Vince Taylor, who saw Bostick in Tulsa, will catch him June 26, and Tubby Smith will visit Bostick on June 30. The Gophers are looking for JC scoring help as they will lose their top three scorers, Lawrence McKenzie, Spencer Tollackson and Dan Coleman. Bostick is considered an excellent shooter.

Bostick was Wisconsin Class 3A Player of the Year as a senior after helping Racine St. Catherine's to a second straight state title in 2006. He signed with Youngstown State, but failed to qualify and was forced to go the juco route. He decided to play for Southwestern Illinois and play with former St. Catherine teammate Reggie Bunch.

Bostick led St. Catherine's to the Wisconsin state championships at two different divisions during his career as they won their final 44 games. The team was 52-1 his final two seasons with the lone defeat coming by one point to Whitefish Bay Dominican 54-53.

St. Catherine's went 27-0 in his senior season as the Angels won the title game with a 68-29 victory over Westby. The 39-point margin of victory was most ever for a WIAA Division 3 State Championship and tournament game. Bostick had 18 points, nine rebounds, five steals and four blocked shots in the title game and he was 9-of-15 from the field. He averaged 17.2 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.4 assists per game as a senior and he shot 59.3 percent from the field.

St. Catherine's went 25-1 in his junior season, winning the Division 2 State Championship Game 52-50 over Seymour as he hit two free throws with 11.1 seconds left to break a 50-50 tie. He finished with 11 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots in 32 minutes during the title game and had 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting in semifinal win over Monroe. He averaged 13.7 per game as a junior.

Bostick signed with Youngstown State in April of 2006, picking the Penguins over UW-Green Bay, Wichita State and UW-Milwaukee.

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