Is the Boat Right for Providence?

Ryan Boatright of Aurora East (IL) has been a hot name amongst Providence fans of late. The 5'10, 160-pound class of 2011 point guard recently set up an official visit to the Big East school and caught up with him to discuss that and his recruitment as a whole.

West Virginia, UConn, Kansas State, Miami, UTEP, Wake Forest, Providence, DePaul, and Minnesota were the schools Boatright listed. He claims offers from all of them and noted that others are involved as well.

"Not really, I'm pretty much still wide open, I [have yet to] take my visits or nothing," said Boatright of whether he has any favorites.

The speedy floor general has just one visit scheduled as of now. "I got a visit to PC scheduled [in] . . . late September," Boatright said.

His trip to PC will be his first time taking a visit of any kind. ""No, I [have not] even been to none of them, no visits, unofficial or official," said the Prairie State star.

Accompanying Boatright, a one-time USC commit, on his visit to Providence will be top 50 ranked Michael Chandler '11 of Lawrence North (IN).

"That's my main man. That's one of my brothers," Boatright said of his relationship with Chandler, adding, "Yeah, we real close, my right hand man."

The pair has discussed attending college together. "Yeah, yeah, yeah, we def have talked about it," Boatright said.

While he will not base his choice off of Chandler, a one-time Louisville commit, Boatright did concede, "It would be nice if it works out [to go to school together]."

"It's location, weather, style of play they play, relationship with the coach, stuff like that," said Boatright of what he is looking for in a school.

Asked if he wants to stay local or go far away for college, Boatright replied, "No, I'm fine going away, I don't wanna be at home."

Regarding weather, he wants a "warm" climate, and as far as playing style goes, Boatright said it is an "up and down, fast tempo" style he is looking for.

Boatright is not yet sure when he will make his college decision. "Not really, I [do not] got a set date, so just whenever I feel that's the school I wanna go to, that's when I'm gonna commit," he said.

In addition, Boatright is still unsure of whether or not he will take all five available visits and if he will be a fall or spring signee.

While Boatright has not gone to Providence yet and thus "can't speak on" what it is he likes about the school, he did discuss what the PC coaches have told him.

"They play my style of play [and when I] come in they . . . think I can be impact player in Big East," Boatright said. "The school it's a small school so you get one on one attention with professors, stuff like that."

Just which coaches have been the ones in touch with Boatright? "Rodell Davis and I just talked to the head coach today," said Boatright.

The number 82 ranked player in the nation said that this was his first time talking to Keno Davis and that it was he who placed the call to the Friars' head man.

"It was cool," Boatright said of talking with Keno Davis. "We just talked about the school, the academic part of it, stuff like that."

Regarding his relationship with Rodell Davis, Boatright remarked, "He [is] cool. We [have] been talking for a minute so we got a good relationship."

Boatright, who compares his game to that of Allen Iverson, said of how he plays, "Fast, flashy, I play above the rim."

Asked what he thinks the strongest aspect of his game is, Boatright responded, "Probably my ability to get to the basket and finish."

He went on to say that defense is his weakest aspect and that he is working on "sliding and stuff like that, the basic stuff" to try to improve his defense.

As of now, things seem to be looking good for Providence when it comes to the recruitment of one of the nation's top point guards. Ryan Boatright, though, is not yet near making a college commitment.

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