School: Lake Forest (Ill.)
Height, Weight: 6-foot-7, 210 lbs.
Quote to note: "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."
It was my first look at Lake Forest (Ill.) forward Evan Boudreaux last night, as his team took on conference rival Stevenson. Northwestern offered the sophomore star back in the spring, and has become a presence in his recruitment led by associate head coach Tavaras Hardy. He flashed the skill set that caught the coaches' eyes.
Boudreaux finished with 10 points and did a good job rebounding, although he boasted a significant height advantage over the opposition. He's built to play in the Big Ten, with broad shoulders and a frame that could carry more weight, but is a bit undersized in the post at 6-foot-7. If he grows another inch or two, it would go a long way in raising his stock.
Although Boudreaux didn't have his best game, he scored in a few different ways, with a nice drive to the rim, some simple post moves and putting back offensive rebounds. He's an above-average passer with a definite feel for the game. I've heard good things about his mid-range game, but his jumper wasn't falling at all last night. He really wasn't involved in Lake Forest's offense until the fourth quarter, after a couple sequences where he asserted himself on the glass and scored. Unfortunately, he turned an ankle shortly after and was unable to finish the game, his team falling 59-53.
Boudreaux definitely has a chance to be a solid player, and has drawn interest from a host of high-major programs. If he plays with more confidence and consistency on a regular basis, there's no doubt he can be a useful role player/glue guy somewhere. I see him as a tough, hard-working big man in the Tyler Hansbrough mold.
Look for Northwestern to remain involved with the local product as they narrow down their future targets. There's a lot left to happen in his recruitment and several schools are jumping in, Big Ten and beyond.
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