Profile: White Plains' PG David Boykin

David Boykin is profiled by reporter Brian Towey ...

Circumstance can be a funny thing. When David Boykin had corrective surgery on his spine for scoliosis in March, he knew that basketball would have to be nudged onto the backburner while his body healed. No summer ball, nothing rigorous. What the senior point guard from White Plains High School couldn't foresee were the two inches his newly straightened frame would gain through the operation, and the rapid recovery he would make.

"The doctors told me that within six months I would be back at full health," said Boykin. "By September, I was back at full strength. I'm surprised I was able to come back so quickly. I thought I might lose a step, but I didn't."

Now pushing 6-foot-3, the lanky point man is ready to steer his team toward a Section One title, and long time White Plains coach Spencer Mayfield is excited to have him back in the fray.

"This is his fourth year on the varsity," said Mayfield. "He's our captain, and a great student; he's already qualified (academically). I think his intelligence (is his biggest strength), knowing how to run a team. His coachability; he takes getting coached very seriously. He's a student of the game."

A true point guard, Boykin brings nice size to the position and a steady hand. He's a poised, composed first guard who sees the floor, can get a team into its offense, and distribute the ball. His length can also cause problems for opponents on defense.

David has been paying attention to the nuances of his position.

"I've just been trying to be more of a floor leader, getting the team involved," said Boykin. "Letting the game come to me."

While he wasn't heavily recruited before the surgery, Boykin's respite from the game put the recruiting process on hold. Player and coach are helping the team's competitive schedule will lead to some added exposure.

"He was getting looked at before the surgery by Fairfield and some MAAC schools, but being out the summer, out of circulation, he hasn't been seen," said Mayfield. "It's been kind of slow. West Point, Army, showed interest (recently). Hopefully, with the schedule we play, college coaches will come out and he'll get seen."

"Right now, Albany, Binghamton, and Fairfield (are interested)," said Boykin. "I'm looking to get some more schools during the season. I'm looking for a place where I can have an immediate impact, a place where I can learn a lot of basketball, with good coaching."

Boykin is fully qualified academically. "I already passed the Clearinghouse," said Boykin. "I have a 3.5 GPA. I scored over 1000 on the old SAT. I'm looking to study either business or communications in college."

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