Boudreaux building bonds with Wildcats

Evan Boudreaux is only beginning to rise through the recruiting process. The sophomore center from Lake Forest is garnering plenty of interest. Boudreaux talks recruiting in this update.

One of the emerging names in the state of Illinois' class of 2015 is Evan Boudreaux. His multifaceted skillset garnered plenty of attention on the summer circuit, leaving many sold on his upside.

Northwestern was the first Division I school to go all in on that potential, extending an offer to the 6-foot-7 sophomore forward from local Lake Forest High School last spring.

After taking an unofficial visit in May, Boudreaux was impressed by Northwestern's campus, as well as their coaching staff. Head coach Bill Carmody sat in on Boudreaux's open gym last week, continuing to make a good impression.

"I really think I have a good relationship with all Northwestern's coaches," said Boudreaux. "I think they're great basketball minds and they really connected with me."

Northwestern's unique Princeton offense also appeals to Boudreaux, who is equally capable of banging inside and shooting jumpers.

"I definitely think I'd be a great fit," said Boudreaux. "Northwestern's system really enables the forwards and the big guys to have a lot of flexibility within the offense, shooting and handling the ball a little bit. I watched them play last year and it helped me visualize how I'd fit in."

Also impressive to the Lake Forest standout has been NU's recent recruiting success. Carmody, associate head coach Tavaras Hardy and staff worked hard to lock up the current five-man freshman class, as well as 2013 three-star commits Jaren Sina and Nate Taphorn.

"I think [Northwestern's] chances [at making the tournament] are really good this year and especially next year because of the guys they have coming in," said Boudreaux. "They've been doing a really good job on the recruiting trail."

It's early in Boudreaux's recruitment, and a long list of schools are in play aside from NU, including Boston College, Butler, Creighton, DePaul, Harvard, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Purdue, Stanford, Wake Forest and Wisconsin. Though he has plenty of time to make a decision, Boudreaux keyed on a few essential aspects of his eventual college destination.

"I'm definitely looking for coaches I really like; I want to be able to fit into the offense they run and the way the team plays," explained Boudreaux. "Conference matters, but I think that the whole lifestyle of the campus, everything in terms of academics along with basketball will be huge."

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