by Rodger Bohn/@rodgerbohn
Ryan Boatright has been a name amongst basketball circles for whats seemingly been forever. He made national news when he committed to USC as an eighth grader. He later de-committed from USC, committed to West Virginia, and de-committed from West Virginia before ultimately signing with UCONN. After a freshman season that showed flashes of brilliance, Boatright was openly stunned when coach Jim Calhoun abruptly announced his retirement this fall. Already owning an upset victory over Michigan State, Boatright appears to be ready for a substantially bigger role for Kevin Ollie’s Huskies.
We had the chance to watch the sophomore this summer at Adidas Nations in LA and the CP3 Elite Guard Camp in North Carolina. The explosive guard has always been known as a scorer, but showed this summer that he could also distribute the ball, especially in transition. Though he’s still a skinny guy, Boatright added some strength to his 170 pound frame and it really helped him in terms of finishing through contact. It appeared as if strides were made in the right direction for Boatright to have a monster season this year for UCONN. He’ll always be more of a scoring guard, but his improved IQ and added strength should enable him to put up huge numbers for the rebuilding Big East power.