CW: Josh Boone Spotlight

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Last year at this time no elite schools were calling Josh Boone. Now he has to fight off all the high major interest.

Boone, a 6-8, 220-pound power forward, chose to prep this year at West Nottingham (Md.) and the move has paid immediate dividends, as he added both 15 pounds to his frame and an aggressive edge to his game

He's got a list of five schools – Kansas, Rutgers, St. Joseph's, Virginia and UConn.

But just recently a sixth school has tried to enter the picture.

North Carolina assistant coach Fred Quartlebaum traveled to Boone's school this week to gauge interest.

"They've been recruiting me lightly for a month or so but now they're starting to recruit me heavier," Boone said Friday night at the Charlie Weber Invitational. "[Quartlebaum] said that they like my game and want me to come down for an [official] visit."

But is it too late for the Tar Heels to get involved?

"I'm trying not let anyone else in, but I'll see," Boone said. "I'll have to think about it and discuss it."

An excellent student, with a 3.5 GPA and a 1200 SAT score, Boone aims to make his decision this fall in time for the November signing period.

In Friday night's game at Cole Field House, Boone posted eight points (4-5 FG), three rebounds and eight blocks.

"I like the fact that at the rim he's real aggressive," analyst Dave Telep commented courtside. "Josh Boone tries to dunk everything. And that's a difficult game to go by because of the setting. In watching Josh over the next couple of months, he needs to be more aggressive offensively – posting up and calling for the ball. In a game like that where he's not getting a lot of touches, he's got to be more of a force on the glass. With his size, that's what has has to do if he wants to play on the high major level – he's got to be a dominant rebounder.

"He's a high major player. What kind of minutes does he get early on? I don't know. But he's got a high major body with high major athleticism."

Clint's Scouting Report

This was our first look at 6'8 Josh Boone and there were some things that we certainly liked about him – but there was also some things left to be desired. Certainly the kid has potential. He's got a big frame with broad shoulders and he can run the floor. He moves well and he's got great bounce off the floor. And he's a quick jumper too. He collected a lot of blocks and finished some plays near the rim with authoritative dunks.

On the flipside – we thought that he did a poor job of using his lower body to clear out space under the basket – which kept his rebounding totals much lower than they should have been. He also seemed to exert his energy in bursts instead of being more consistent with his intensity. But nonetheless – he's a bouncy and agile high major power forward with room for improvement.

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