For the past two seasons we've tracked the progress of Brandon Boggs of J.L. Mann High School. His game has evolved nicely and this summer he really kicked it up a notch on the AAU circuit after making some noise for the Patriots last year especially at the Beach Ball Classic last season. We caught up with Boggs for an update and have the latest inside scoop for you right here.
This offseason has been highly productive for Brandon in terms of elevating his stock and getting more attention from college coaches. Running with the Carolina Cougars and Carolina Raptors Boggs has made the most of his opportunities.
"I made the all-tournament team at the Bob Gibbons TOC with the Raptors and I played really good at the Big Shots in Myrtle Beach with the Cougars. Overall this was the best AAU season I've ever had."
His overall play and success at those big time tournaments has made Boggs a coveted prospect for a number of mid-major schools and has also earned early interest from some high majors in the region as well.
"I'm hearing from a lot of schools right now. Western Carolina, North Florida, High Point, Eastern Kentucky, Wofford, Charleston, Furman, Georgia Southern, Elon, Northeastern, Mercer, NC State, South Carolina, and Clemson. Oh and Wake Forest asked about me after a game at Big Shots in Myrtle Beach this summer too."
The rise of Boggs' stock has seen him already snag some early offers.
"I have offers from Western Carolina, Eastern Kentucky, North Florida, and High Point. I'll probably will be getting offers from Georgia Southern, Mercer, and Northeastern here soon too. Out of those schools Western Carolina and Eastern Kentucky are probably recruiting me the hardest. They have been writing letters and talking to all my coaches, my mom and me almost everyday."
As it stands right now Boggs says his current list of favorites stands as South Carolina, NC State, Wake Forest, Western Carolina, Georgia, and Eastern Kentucky.
Boggs made a few camp visits this offseason and shared just which schools he attended.
"I went to camp at Georgia, Western Carolina, Clemson, South Carolina, and Charlotte. There is something to do off campus at all of those schools besides Western Carolina."
Asked about some of the toughest hombres he faced this AAU season he quickly replied, "Tristan Thompson, Mychal Parker, and Reco McCarter are ranked players in my class that I played against in AAU this summer. They all were athletic and tall, but they all could score and handle the ball too."
Brandon says the offseason has been geared towards improving all facets of his basketball game but there's been a concentrated effort to improve his 3 point shooting ability and overall strength.
With the majority of their core returning from last season Boggs and the Patriots should have a strong shot at making another run at a AAA state championship after succumbing to runners-up Greer High last season.
"I think this year will be a great year for us. If we play as a team every night we shouldn't lose a game outside of the Beach Ball Classic."
Brandon also talked about his outlook for things on a personal level as well.
"My goal for this year is to play good every single night. I had some bad shooting nights last year so I want to be more consistent this year."
Last year one of their biggest rivalries was against AA state champions Southside but with the departure of their 2009 senior class Boggs says he's looking forward to facing a couple of other squads this coming season.
"I can't wait until we play Wade Hampton and Hillcrest. We lost to both of those teams this summer and I played with both of those teams best players in AAU this summer."
Surprising enough Boggs says that he and close friend 2011 SG Damien Leonard never play one on one but usually end up guarding one another during practice or pickup games.
"It's fun because we are the most competitive players on the team and we both hate losing, so we go at it pretty hard. My team wins some and his team wins some."
Looking ahead to the future and talking about college Boggs shared with us some of the factors he's considering when looking at potential college destinations.
"Well I'm looking for early playing time and a team that has a chance to make it to the NCAA tournament. Also the school must have a good business program. I should have a top five by the time schools start so I can make all my official visits. I'm not exactly sure when I'm going make my decision, but I'm going to take my time so I can make the right one."
Rest assured that SCPrepNation.com will continue to keep you updated on Brandon Boggs rapidly evolving recruitment. We'll have some early senior video of Boggs for you when the season starts. Keep it locked right here, nobody covers SC high school football or basketball better than SCPrepNation.com!