2011 hoops standout likes Gamecocks

East Rutherford (N.C.) guard Devince Boykins is off to a solid start to the season, and looks to keep adding to a perfect start at 3-0. "It's going well," said the 2011 shooting guard. "I'm averaging about 10 (points), 11 (rebounds), eight assists, three steals and three blocks."


The 6-foot-3 Devince Boykins is very versatile and extremely athletic. He was a football star his first couple of years of high school, but has turned his focus to basketball. However, some of the hits on the gridiron took a toll on Boykins' body and resulted in some nagging injuries during basketball season, so he's flown under the radar because of it.

Despite that, recruiting has begun to take form.

"(Recruiting) is going good," he said. "I just got another offer from Liberty."

According to Boykins, his offers stand at South Carolina, Liberty, Marquette, Miami, Johnson C. Smith and Winthrop, with Clemson showing interest.

It's worth noting that Boykins' father played at Johnson C. Smith, but the Golden Bulls just got in the mix in his recruiting in the last couple of months.

Boykins claims "no favorites" but does admit to one school at the top.

"My first offer was South Carolina," he said. "It puts them more at the top of my list. It lets me know that they were looking at me early, and it shows that they want me more."

Boykins is in no rush though to make his collegiate decision, as he plans to see what the season and summer bring.

"I plan on making a decision probably around this time next year," he said. "I thought about making a decision early. But I think I'm just going to wait to see if anything else comes, and I'm going to weigh my options. I think it'll be in the early signing period."

Boykins admits that South Carolina hasn't been in touch with him much recently, but he still likes the connection he has built with the coaching staff.

"Last time I talked to coach (Darrin) Horn, he was just checking on me asking me about working out and my family," he said. "It's not always basketball with (the coaching staff), especially with assistant coach (Cypheus) Bunton."

Below is a note from Scout.com National Recruiting Analyst Dave Telep on Boykins after evaluating him over the summer:

"He's a guy to keep an eye on. This will be his first full season without football. He's yet to completely drop the hammer offensively, but his athleticism and passing ability are notable. He's tracking as a good defensive player and fine help side shot blocker."

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