Boudreaux Still Around

Three-star power forward Evan Boudreaux of Lake Forest (Ill.) was one of the top 2015 priorities during the Bill Carmody era. He spoke to on Monday about the current state of his NU recruitment.

It's hard to classify Evan Boudreaux.

At 6-7, the Lake Forest forward is an enigma, able to play the post and grab rebounds over taller opponents while also touting sharp offensive skills.

Noting his "sense of versatility," Boudreaux has the offensive mindset of a two-guard, the size of a three and the interior tenacity of a four.

What's not hard to classify, however, is the impact the Lake Forest (Ill.) prospect would make by staying in town.

"[Tavaras] Hardy talked about how it would be big for a local kid to stay at Northwestern and what it would mean for the community," Boudreaux said. "That's definitely appealing, but I'm not really sure yet if I want to stay close or go far."

He's not kidding. As of now, Boudreaux holds offers from the Cats, Iowa, Iowa State and Boston College. But as he continues to roll through his junior season, teams like Michigan, Wake Forest and Wisconsin have taken interest.

Still, the significance of suiting up for a local program isn't lost on Boudreaux, who was recruited by Northwestern under Bill Carmody since his freshman season at Lake Forest. The excitement of the Chris Collins era counts for something, he said, but old connections still make the most impact.

"I've been in constant contact with Coach Hardy," he said. "He was the one who originally wanted to take a chance on me. That definitely means something."

After pacing the Lake Forest Scouts to a regional championship as a freshman, Boudreaux drew an offer from Northwestern in February 2012, which indicated the team's serious interest in him after just one season of high school ball. Boston College allowed suit in August after his strong outing at a 17U tournament in Orlando.

Now as a sophomore, Boudreaux continues to reach new heights. He scored 21 points against AAU powerhouse Mac Irvin Fire with Team NLP in the Spiece Run-N-Slam Tournament last Saturday. More significant than the point total, Boudreaux's hustle made an impression.

"One of the bigger assets to my game is rebounding, I pride myself on that," he said. "I can get rebounds against bigger guys. I think I bring a lot of toughness to a team."

Whether that toughness is brought to the Wildcats remains to be seen. Boudreaux's decision won't be made until the end of his junior season, and if he continues to progress at his current pace, he'll likely draw many more offers.

Yet Northwestern figures to still be in the mix. As Boudreaux's numbers continue to balloon at Lake Forest, the Wildcats will remain just a few minutes away.

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