Class of 2017 Guard Robert Boyd

Holmes County Central (MS) High School class of 2017 guard Robert Boyd is a player to watch.

  • Name: Robert boyd
  • Classification: 2017
  • High School: Holmes County Central High School (Lexington, MS)
  • Position: Two-Guard
  • HT: WT: 6-foot, 170
  • Ranking: NR
  • Schools Of Interest: Alcorn State, Duke , Florida State, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Mississippi Valley, Ole Miss, Southern Miss

  • His head coach, Antwayn Patrick, believes two things set Robert apart from other players.

    "Robert is probably the hardest working guy that I have ever had," said Patrick. "I'll give you an example of that. He was working out with the girls coach one time, and I came in about two hours later to work out with a couple of the other guys. He came back in and worked two more hours. He loves the game. If I tell them practice is at 1 o'clock he is the first one there.

    "Offensively, he is probably one of the best three-point shooters in the state. He had 30 points against Provine this year. I think he was 8 of 9 from three-point range. He is just that talented."

    Not only is he a great shooter, but he can shoot with either hand.

    "He actually can shoot the ball with either hand," said Patrick. "He is actually righthanded but shoot lefthanded. But he can shoot his three-point shot with either hand."

    Even at such an early stage in his high school career, Boyd understands how important his shooting is to his team.

    "My coach tells me to let the game come to me," said Boyd, who started for his team as a freshman. "He says just shoot the ball. When my shot is on the entire team is on, but when my shot is not on I just drive and get my teammates involved."

    Recruiting-wise, no teams have taken notice of the talented guard.

    "Nobody is recruiting me yet, but I like Mississippi State, Florida State, Kentucky, Duke, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Alcorn State and Mississippi Valley," said Boyd, who has attended one college game, Alcorn State-Mississippi Valley.

    Coach Patrick feels like he is a definite college prospect.

    "He is definitely a mid-major guy right now," said Patrick. "He can shoot it and has a high basketball IQ. "

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