A few years back, Ryan Boatright popped up on the national radar before he'd even played a high school game. Prior the start of his freshman year, he committed to USC creating a stir. Now a 5-10 junior point guard at Aurora (Ill.) East, Boatright is no longer committed to the Trojans and is drawing all kinds of attention.
This time around, though, says Boatright, he'll be taking his time.
"I look at a lot of stuff now. I think me and my mom are going to take our time this time around and ride it out," said Boatright of his approach to the recruiting process.
Athletic enough to convert on contested jams in a clogged lane, he's got a very quick first step. He is a capable, albeit flashy, handler and can really score the ball. His passing is underrated and he's one of those scoring point guards that some schools have come to covet.
"They have been on me real hard," said Boatright of Tennessee.
"I've watched Tennessee in the past years with guys like Chris Lofton," said Boatright. "I haven't been able to see them on tv this year but I like what I know of their system."
Currently, Boatright is enjoying the recruiting process and doesn't look to be in any hurry. Like most kids he's going to be looking at playing time, system and distance. But at the end of the day, he's not very far along in the process and is focused on continuing what has been a strong junior year.
"I haven't even figured out what I'm going to major in yet.," said Boatright. "When I figure that out it could have an impact when I compare that and playing styles."