This morning, Kentucky finally released the 2020-21 basketball schedule, and if you think you’re happy about it, imagine being one of the players. When asked about the schedule on a Zoom with reporters this afternoon, BJ Boston broke out in a smile.
“I’m excited. I feel like a dog in a cage. I’m just ready to get out and go to war with my guys.”
Boston came to Lexington as the top-ranked member of Kentucky’s 2020 recruiting class. Being surrounded by fellow five stars has made practices incredibly competitive thus far, just one reason Boston is loving being a Wildcat.
“That’s the fun thing about this team, everybody is confident. They compete. We just get after it every time that we’re on the court. Nobody takes nothing. So, we just go out there and play our hearts out. That’s just the way that we play, and I think that we’re going to have a good year with these guys.”
To be clear, confidence and cockiness are not the same thing.
“Yeah, a major difference. I feel like the game is 70% confidence, 30% mental. So, I feel like if you go out there with the right mindset, the right swagger, the right confidence, can’t nobody stop you.”
Boston is no stranger to the spotlight. Last year, he played for Sierra Canyon in California alongside Bronny James and Zaire Wade, the sons of NBA stars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. While games will be different this year due to the pandemic, the pressure and expectations that come with being a Kentucky Basketball player will still be the same. Boston is confident his experience at Sierra Canyon has prepared him.
“Well, I feel like playing in those big games in big arenas with all of those people, I feel like it’s helped me tremendously. At the college level, there’s going to be arenas just like that. So, I feel like that’s just helped me prepare and act like I’ve been there before the next time that I play.”
We’ll have more from Boston today and tomorrow, but if you can’t wait, enjoy his full interview below, along with some recent practice footage.