Lake Forest HS (Ill.)
Team NLP (AAU)
6-foot-7, 210 lbs.
Versatile power forward Evan Boudreaux received immediate attention from Bill Carmody's staff. They identified the local three-star player as one of their top priorities—and that hasn't changed since Chris Collins took the helm.
It's hard to dislike the idea of Boudreaux wearing purple, given that he ably fills needs on this team. He's the more physical version of several NU forwards, and has two essential qualities that will lead him to Big Ten-level success.
"Six-foot-seven" might be a stretch for Boudreaux, but he plays with hard-nosed intensity ideal for the Northwestern system. He might not possess above-the-rim athleticism, but instead excels with his scrappy game.
He'll fight for loose balls–even in AAU ball–and demonstrate decent rebounding ability. He's a stretch-4, but that's not to discount his potential to contribute for the Wildcats in future seasons.
One constant in his game is an exceptional pick-and-roll jumper. Like an able point guard, he pulls up off of screens and fire from long range. In transition, he often set up in the corner and usually drained wide-open looks. It's an impressive and striking quality—one that has garnered significant attention from other Big Ten schools.
NU forced its way into the picture from the very beginning of his recruitment. He's developed a strong relationship with Tavaras Hardy.
"He was the one who originally wanted to take a chance on me," Boudreaux said.
They discuss how crucial it would be for a highly touted local player to attend NU. He could help to establish strong basketball culture in Evanston, and be part of the early years under Chris Collins.
He's an intense athlete, and someone who fits into the power forward position. Though his recruitment might pick up, it (obviously) helps that NU entered the equation early in the process. They still consider him one of their top 2015 targets, and for good reason.
He'll knock down jump shots, and then follow with strong play beneath the rim. He's also a player whose intense play can visibly pick up his teammates.
There's still a ways to go in the Evan Boudreaux recruitment. But he's without question one of the top candidates to join this new-look program.
Evan Boudreaux holds offers from Northwestern, Iowa, Iowa State and Boston College.
He spoke to Purple Wildcats HERE.