2011 Intro: Devince Boykins

At this beginning of the 2008-2009 high school season, not many college coaches or recruitniks were familiar with Devince Boykins. Now he's got a high major offer in hand, plus interest from North Carolina and a number of other elite programs.

"I've always been this good," Boykins said. "But with my school I'd never had anyone come down and watch."

Hidden away at Forest City (N.C.) East Rutherford, Boykins, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound shooting guard, gradually built his reputation this season and averaged a double-double for his high school team.

"I did pretty well throughout the season," Boykins said. "At the beginning of the season I was hurt from football, so I missed about two games. But when I came back I had 16 points that game and from then on I averaged about 17 points, 11 boards and five assists."

"Overall I think I did well," he added. "As a sophomore I came in and outplayed a lot of seniors on my team and other teams and I got a lot of publicity."

As his name began to spread, college coaches began filing in to watch him play. During the April open period a handful of schools came.

"Coach Roy Williams came down and watched me about three weeks ago," he said. "About a month and a half ago Coach Kelsey from Wake Forest came down and watched me workout. A coach from South Carolina came and watched me work out, too."

To go along with the Tar Heels, Demon Deacons and Gamecocks (offered), Boykins has received interest from Clemson, Florida and Miami.

"It's going real well," he said about his recruitment. "I'm so excited and I'm happy that there are schools interested in me. I actually just got off the phone with Coach [Billy] Donovan. They talked to my coach earlier."

After North Carolina's visit to Boykins' high school, Roy Williams told him that his staff planned to keep up with Boykins this summer.

"He did tell me that he liked what he saw and that he was going to be following me this summer during AAU ball," Boykins said. "He just told me to keep up the good work."

"I know a little about North Carolina," he added. "I'm pretty interested in trying to go there if it's possible, but like I said, it really doesn't matter at this point. I'm just keeping everything open and weighing all of my options."

Thus far he's taken visits to South Carolina, Wake Forest and Clemson. Although he doesn't have any visits planned for the near future, North Carolina has expressed interest in him coming to a camp.

"My coach was saying that he talked to Coach Roy and he was saying that they wanted me to come down to a camp that they were going to have this summer," Boykins said.

Boykins said it's "early right now" with his recruitment and he's focused on his AAU season for the time being. He's running with the Carolina Raptors and their next event will be this weekend in Atlanta for the Wallace Prather Classic.

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