Bruins On Boatwright

Bennie Boatwright, a sharp-shooting junior power forward, has a number of high-major offers. He recently visited UCLA and met with the Bruin staff...

Bennie Boatwright, 6-8 JR PF Sun Valley (Calif.) Village Christian, is one of the better shooters among big men in the west for 2015. Boatwright has a nice stroke, with three-point range, and he's capable of putting up points in a hurry when he gets hot. A fairly good athlete with a nice frame, Boatwright is an average defender and rebounder at this time. In order to take his game to the next level, he needs to become more physical and assertive. He has a tendency to float to the perimeter at times, which tends to negate his size advantage.

I spoke with Boatwright recently and asked about the schools that are recruiting him.

"The main schools I'm hearing from now are USC, UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, UConn, Oregon and Colorado," said Boatwright.

Boatwright said each school has offered a scholarship.

When asked which schools have been recruiting him the hardest, Boatwright replied, "USC, UCLA…Uconn is going to take a house visit, Arizona too, and Arizona State."

Boatwright has taken unofficial visits to UConn, USC, UCLA, Arizona, Cal and Arizona State.

When asked if any school stands out for him at this time, Boatwright said, "No, they're all even right now."

I asked Boatwright for his impression of UCLA.

"It's real nice, a great tradition," said Boatwright. "Of course, UCLA is UCLA. I went up there just the other day and visited in their office and we had a nice talk. Coach (Steve) Alford and Coach (Duane) Broussard have been the main guys recruiting me. As far as position, they see me fitting in anywhere at the two through four."

I asked Boatwright about the factors that will be important to his decision.

"The biggest factor will be just where I'm comfortable at," said Boatwright. "Early playing time might be a little bit of a factor, it depends on the school. The location doesn't matter – I'll go anywhere."

Boatwright said he hopes to make a decision by September and sign in the fall signing period.


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