That may be true Danny, but I've got news for you. It's your team. Saguaro is tight this year. They can play, and will undoubtedly be ranked in the top five among 4A schools. There will be a target on every Saguaro player's back, but the biggest target will be on their 6'1" shooting guard with the sweet stroke and big game mentality. "> That may be true Danny, but I've got news for you. It's your team. Saguaro is tight this year. They can play, and will undoubtedly be ranked in the top five among 4A schools. There will be a target on every Saguaro player's back, but the biggest target will be on their 6'1" shooting guard with the sweet stroke and big game mentality. ">

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"We're a team, I'm just one player, when we win, it's as a team." Danny O'Boyle <BR> That may be true Danny, but I've got news for you. It's your team. Saguaro is tight this year. They can play, and will undoubtedly be ranked in the top five among 4A schools. There will be a target on every Saguaro player's back, but the biggest target will be on their 6'1" shooting guard with the sweet stroke and big game mentality.

Danny O'Boyle has gotten press before. There's a reason for that. One of the sweetest strokes in the state has elevated Danny to elite status in the 4A, and he's bringing Saguaro with him. But Danny isn't the type of kid to rest and relax. O'Boyle, along with the rest of his Saguaro squad, played together this summer, and that team experience is invaluable. Explains Saguaro's Coach LaRue "I've asked my teams to play together during the summer for a long time. I've taken some flak over that, because some kids and their parents want them to play club ball, but this season chemistry will be our team's biggest attribute. I've just always believed the more you play as a team the better." And O'Boyle agrees, "As a team we made really big strides this summer. I think we got a lot deeper this summer, with eight seniors we should be, and I think the summer ball gave us a lot of confidence." O'Boyle knows that he is the leader on this squad, but he also knows he's not alone. "I think Justin (Ashbaugh) is just as much a leader as I am, he's just a quiet leader, a leader by example. I'm a little more vocal, and I think the team looks to me early in games to set the tone. I'm comfortable with that, its part of the role I play on this team." LaRue agrees, "I think Justin and Danny are both leaders for us. Maybe Danny touches the ball more, but that's just because he's a perimeter player. Those two guys just play really well together." Which is not to say that Saguaro is dependent on those two guys. "Derek Tarapacki is a key for us," Danny said, "with him and Justin down low it really opens things up for the other perimeter guys and me." Danny and Justin have been playing all summer, first with Saguaro, and then with club ball teams. Important yes, but Danny is realistic about the club ball scene. "I really hope playing club ball got me some exposure, but hopefully is also helped me and Justin as players. Playing against better competition is the best way to get better." Danny will start at the two guard spot, but with Edwin Buffmire moving on, he'll be more of a combo guard, "I really don't like having one guy always bring the ball up," Coach LaRue says, "but with a guy like Edwin, you don't have to worry. This year O'Boyle will be the shooting guard and Venecia will be the point, but they'll share the responsibility of bringing the ball up the floor." And Danny is up for that, "Whatever I can do to help the team is what I'll do. I played the point the 2nd half of the season when we needed to give Edwin a break and Venecia was hurt, so I'm comfortable there. With our offense it doesn't matter who brings the ball up or who takes the shot. We get to pick and choose our shots because of our inside/outside game." And colleges are beginning to see that Danny's basketball smarts are just as good as his nearly 4.0 GPA would lead one to believe. "I've had a lot of Ivy League schools show interest. And Long Beach State, St. Mary's and Southern Utah have also been in contact." How is it that you balance so much time on the court with those gaudy academic numbers? "You just have to learn to balance your time. I've always been able to do that." Any thoughts on where you'll end up? "I haven't decided yet, I want to see who offers and then I'll look at my options and make a decision." LaRue just wants Danny to go somewhere good for him; "We've had kids before who ended up in a school or a system where they just didn't fit in. I just want Danny to go to a school where the basketball system and the academic system are good for him. If he goes somewhere he'll can play I think he can make a difference." As far as this season is concerned, O'Boyle and LaRue are of the same mindset, "I think McClintock is probably the favorite," LaRue said, "they're so athletic, both inside and out, and for some reason we haven't played well against them. Of course, we've been injured almost every time we've been matched up, so if we can stay healthy we should have a good season." Danny agrees "Tempe and Apache Junction with Elman will be good, tough games. McClintock will be good also. I think if we stay healthy we can compete with anybody." Saguaro is a solid, potentially spectacular squad, and Danny O'Boyle is right at the top of it. What makes Saguaro so scary for other 4A schools has got to be O'Boyle's knack for big game performances. Multiple 20+ games in last year's state tournament attest to that, but last year he had Buffmire to feed off of. This year while O'Boyle won't go it alone; he'll certainly be the focus of defenses. Ashbaugh and Tarapacki will have to pull their weight if Saguaro wants to get back to the championship in 4A. O'Boyle will certainly pull his.
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