Big season for Boudreaux

Evan Boudreaux has a lot on his plate this season. The sophomore feels his Lake Forest (Ill.) team can make a run into the Illinois state playoffs, and hopes to be an intricate part of that. Meanwhile, Boudreaux is seeing his recruitment take shape, and hopes his play can boost it.

It's an important season for Lake Forest (Ill.) forward Evan Boudreaux.

With a number of schools showing interest in the 6-foot-7 sophomore, a new season offers the chance to make an impression. For Boudreaux, winning is the only goal he's focused on.

"I really think we have a good team this year," he said. "My objective is to get this Lake Forest team downstate [to the state playoffs], which we have never done in school history. That would be huge for us. I'm trying to prove we have the talent to do that and I want to be a piece of that."

The Scouts have five wins in the bag, but are coming off their first loss of the season. Boudreaux hopes his team can rebound, but it won't be easy against a talented Warren (Ill.) squad.

"That game is going to really test how we come back," said Boudreaux. "It'll really show how tough we are and how we can come back from adversity."

While Boudreaux's team is having early success, his recruitment has, too. Boston College and Northwestern have already extended scholarship offers, while Butler, Creighton, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Wake Forest, and Wisconsin have shown steady interest.

Boudreaux hopes this season showcase his abilities—not as an individual, but as a teammate.

"Schools are looking now and they're not necessarily looking for the guys that are going to put up 25 [points] a game," he said. "They're looking for the complete player. If you play team basketball and your team is winning, you're doing something right. If we have a good year, I think people are going to take notice."

During the offseason, Boudreaux worked with a trainer on the Chicago Bulls' strength and conditioning staff, while fine-tuning his game.

"That has paid off," he said. "I'm a lot more confident this year. I'm knocking down shots. I've got more moves I can use both down low and on the wing. All aspects of my game have improved. I had a really great offseason."

With a strong sophomore season, Boudreaux will see his recruitment continue to ride high. He hopes the road to success leads downstate.

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers for Big Red Report, and currently covers the Northwestern Wildcats. He resides on Chicago's north side.
Facebook | Twitter| E-Mail |

Purple Wildcats Top Stories