Ryan Boatright has been a topic of discussion lately for those that follow UK recruiting in-depth. While Boatright began getting charmed by UK’s lure during the late summer months, his recent revelation to Jerry Meyer of Rivals.com that UK stopped by his school in Illinois on Tuesday, coupled with his inclusion of UK in his “top 4,” has peaked interest in the young man. Therefore, we felt it might be a nice time to give UK readers a closer look at Boatright and what to expect with him in the future.
First off, let’s take a look at Boatright’s game. Standing at 5-11 and weighing in at around the 140 range, Boatright is not a physically intimidating specimen. That size also speaks to the weaknesses in his game, i.e. lacking size and strength on defense, especially against bigger guards, and trouble finishing amongst the trees. As with most little point guards though, Boatright has plenty of speed to burn. He can also shoot the rock quite well, which isn’t something all speedy guards have, which makes Boatright a more than capable scorer. Get this kid in the weight room and allow him to fill out a little more and you could have quite a player on your hands. Even as an undersized guard, he still comes in at 69th overall on Rivals and amidst the teens at his position in most rankings.
Boatright’s name is probably familiar to you, even if you aren’t one of my 6 loyal readers who caught up with Ryan during the summer, because of a couple reasons. He first gained recognition as an 8th grader when he committed to USC, a topic that UK later became included in. After Timfloydreggiebushdollarsignsojmayorenardosidney-gate, Boatright reopened his recruitment and began to look around. Tracy Webster and Depaul, along with K-State, Florida State and Miami called early (Scout.com), but after he had a couple of impressive showings, most notably in Vegas and Cincy, other top level schools started calling. Boatright now says his top 4 includes Kentucky, Wake Forest, Miami and Tennessee.
As for Kentucky making a visit, it might not be as significant as you think. As we’ve told you guys before, with shortening contact periods during the AAU months, the level of knowledge on a kids’ game that a coach can receive is not at the same point it used to be and the fall is becoming the new “late summer.” Cal & Co. just switched schools in the spring as well, which leads to new needs, different targets and different resources to use to attract those targets.
So you would probably be best to look at the interest in Boatright as just that…interest. Obviously, Marquis Teague remains target 1 and that’s not going to change until he makes his decision or informs Kentucky that he is no longer interested in them. With his scheduled visit to Kentucky for Big Blue Madness still out there, I wouldn’t expect that to occur anytime soon. Miami and Wake Forest have offered Boatright a scholarship, but don’t expect Kentucky to follow suit until Teague makes up his mind.
More to come during my Friday post, when I’ll update you guys on all the weekend visits that UK targets will be venturing out on…