Kentucky’s 2020 recruiting class got off to a hot start in late July with the addition of Brandon Boston Jr. Here are a few things you need to know about the future Wildcat.
1. Boston Picked UK over Duke
Auburn and Florida were also finalists. Boston officially visited Gainesville and Durham before committing on his official visit in Lexington. Coach K has won plenty of recruiting battles as of late, but not this one.
Joel Justus was pretty excited when he heard the news.
— Joel Justus (@UKCoachJustus) July 27, 2019
2. You can call him “B.J.”
Instead of Brandon Boston Jr., he’s simplified it to just “B.J. Boston.” It’s same abbreviation made by one Paul Washington Jr. Things worked out well for him at UK.
3. His High School team is LOADED
Originally from Pearl, Mississippi, Boston is moving to California for his final season of prep basketball after attending Norcross High School in Georgia. Boston will star for a Sierra Canyon team that features the likes of Bronny James (LeBron’s son), Zaire Wade (Dwyane Wade’s son), Ziaire Williams (#7 player in 2020), Amari Bailey (#6 player in 2022) and Terren Frank (#96 player in 2020). If Kentucky is the biggest stage in college basketball, Sierra Canyon will play under the brightest lights in high school hoops this season.
4. He’s Buddies with Sharife Cooper
This summer Boston teamed up with Sharife Cooper on the Nike EYBL circuit for the AOT Running Rebels. Cooper, the third-ranked point guard in the 2020 class, is essentially down to Auburn and Kentucky. While many believe Cooper will ultimately play for Bruce Pearl, he told KSR this spring he’d love to reconnect with Boston at the next level.
“We talk about that [teaming up] all the time,” Cooper said. “It’s really the best fit. You know, he’s gotta make the best decision for himself. And if that’s playing where I go, then I feel like we’re gonna be good.”
5. A Lengthy Scorer
B.J. Boston gets buckets. During the EYBL season he made 52.1% of his field goal attempts even though he was struggling behind the three-point line, making just 24% of his attempts a year after knocking down them down at a 40% clip. Through 18 games he averaged 22.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.9 steals per game. During tournament play at the Peach Jam, he stepped up his game and racked up 32 points before AOT ultimately fell to Boo Williams.
A 6-6 wing, Boston has a pretty pull-up jumper, but he’s not afraid to finish hard at the rim.