While John Calipari hasn’t finalized his roster for the upcoming 2019-20 basketball season, the Kentucky head coach has already found his core group of favorite recruits for the following season.
One of those prospects? 2020 five-star wing BJ Boston.
For the past several months, it seemed to be a two-horse race between Kentucky and Duke for the 6-foot-6 prospect, with the Blue Devils being the rumored favorite.
Over the last two days, however, the Wildcats have received four consecutive Crystal Ball picks, including one from 247 Sports Director of Basketball Scouting Jerry Meyer and Duke insider Andrew Slater.
At the recent Nike EYBL event in Atlanta, Boston told KSR that while his recruitment is open, there are four schools recruiting him the hardest right now.
“I would say Duke, Alabama, Kentucky, and Florida,” he said. “I think that’s it.”
When asked about the Wildcats and what the UK coaching staff is telling him right now, Boston said that they want him to go out and give it his all every time he steps on the floor.
“Kentucky, they’re a good coaching staff,” he said. “They’re telling me to come in and compete every game, to have a high motor, and just be ready when I get out on the floor.”
The five-star prospect added that he loves Kentucky because of how focused they are on winning in Lexington, something he is definitely interested in when he gets to college next year.
“I love how Coach Cal, all of the coaches and players, they all hold each other accountable,” he said. “They just want to win.”
In his official scouting report over on 247 Sports, Jerry Meyer highlights his length, athleticism, and “natural feel for the game.”
A long athlete who is still growing. Has good athleticism and a natural feel for the game. Lack of strength needs to improve, especially to be effective long term on the defensive end. Terrific scorer who is effective at all three levels. Has a nose for the ball and the length to be a dangerous rebounder. Has tremendous upside, which makes him a potential lottery pick.
Watch some of his most recent highlights during his time on the Nike EYBL circuit this spring here: