B.J. Boston is taking his talents to the NBA Draft.
The former five-star recruit announced on Instagram Saturday afternoon that he will leave Kentucky after one season in Lexington. He intends to sign with an agent as he prepares for professional basketball.
Boston led the Wildcats in scoring in 2021, averaging 11.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. An up and down season, Boston saved his best for last, scoring a career-high 21 points in the season finale against South Carolina.
“I am proud of the growth and development Brandon underwent this season,” UK head coach John Calipari said. “Brandon would be the first to tell you this season wasn’t easy. It was tough and filled with challenges. But what impressed me with him is how he handled any adversity thrown his way like a professional would — with maturity and with a work ethic that some of our best guys in that league have had. Breaking his finger over the summer set him back but he just kept working. BJ got so much better as the season went on and has only scratched the surface of who he is going to become as a player. He has the mindset, the drive and the skillset to succeed in that league. BJ and his family know they have my full support and I look forward to watching him chase his dreams.”
Boston is the latest Wildcat to declare for the NBA Draft, following Isaiah Jackson and Terrence Clarke. Jackson is the only one who has not signed with an agent. ESPN currently ranks Boston as the No. 32 overall 2021 Draft prospect.