Boatwright Cuts it to Ten
Junior season isn't quite over for 6-foot-8, 210-pound Sun Valley (Calif.) Village Christian 2015 face up forward Bennie Boatwright, but he's still making some progress in his recruitment while having success in the playoffs.
On Saturday, Boatwright scored 16 points in a victory over Windward in the CIF Division IV-A finals. Next up is state, but one way or the other, Bennie Boatwright, Sr. is happy with the way his son has played.
"Everybody knows he can shoot, but now he's facilitating and going inside more," said Boatwright, Sr. "He was 8 of 8 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter on Saturday in the CIF finals.
"He's rebounding the ball better; he had 18 one game and I think 12 or 13 on Saturday. He's a much better facilitator now too."
While Boatwright, Sr. is pleased with his son's progress, the goal is to keep getting better.
"He can keep improving," he said. "He rebounds better now, he pushes the ball, he facilitates and of course he shoots well, but he can keep improving at everything."
Boatwright has narrowed his list to 10, with UCLA, USC, Arizona, Arizona State, Washington, California, Oregon, Connecticut, Colorado and Cal Poly making the cut.
"After the Nike EYBL season, he'll narrow it down to five," says Boatwright, Sr.
While there are 10 schools remaining on the list, a handful are recruiting him especially hard.
"The schools pushing the hardest are UCLA, USC, Washington, California, Connecticut and Oregon," said Boatwright, Sr.
There's no rush for Boatwright to make a decision on where he's going to college, but on the same token it isn't looking like he'll make a spring decision.
"It's going to last a while," said Boatwright, Sr. "It will probably be in the fall when he starts school, in August or September. He doesn't want to think about recruiting during the season."
Boatwright will be looking at a handful of factors when choosing a school.
"He'll go somewhere he can facilitate, play the three and stretch four and where there's a family atmosphere," his father said.
The younger Boatwright had a few comments about UCLA after his win over Windward on Saturday.
On what the coaches have been telling him: "They said I'm a great fit for them. UCLA is UCLA, it speaks for itself. It's been fun going to a few games this year and seeing the atmosphere."
On where he would play at UCLA: "They say I can play anywhere on the floor, a little bit like Kyle Anderson, a little bit like Jordan Adams."
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