On Saturday, Kentucky landed its first commitment in the 2020 class, and it was a big one. Not only is five-star guard BJ Boston a top ten player, he’s a crucial building block in what John Calipari and his staff expect to be a monster recruiting class.
On the Eye on College Basketball podcast, CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander broke down Boston’s commitment, specifically the timing, which is so important.
“Good on Kentucky to get an early commitment like this,” Norlander said. “I feel like a lot in recent years, it’s just been further down the calendar when they’ve gotten their first commitment and they’ve eventually landed in most years in that one or two spot, but it’s taken some more time. Boston committing is a really good get for them. I think he’s a really fun prospect. I think that his personality, his style fit well to Kentucky. I think there have been a couple of players in recent years that went to Kentucky and they’ve been fine, but they didn’t seem like a natural fit. Boston, to me, actually does very much feel like that.”
Parrish said the staff is hoping Boston’s personality will help them land other elite players in the class.
“I know that that staff wanted to get this done early,” Parrish said. “They think BJ Boston — the staff does — is exactly what we were talking about earlier. Everybody likes him. People want to play with him. And they think now, okay, you’re with us, now go recruit. People like you. People want to play with you. And that’s not true of every prospect out there.”
Jalen Green, Joshua Christopher, Sharife Cooper, Daishen Nix, and Terrence Clarke have all talked about playing with Boston at the next level. This old video of Cooper and Boston talking about playing together has been making the rounds on Twitter today:
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“BJ Boston is, I’m told, is somebody kids like, somebody kids want to play with and you get him on board, now he’s going to go out there and try to get the next guy on board, the next guy on board,” Parrish continued. “It could be a real advantage to have him working for you on July 28.”
Indeed. For more from Parrish and Norlander, click here.