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Sunday / August 9.
  • 2019 guard James Bouknight talks Virginia Tech visit, Miami up next

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    James Bouknight, the 6-foot-5, 185-pound shooting guard from the MacDuffie School (MA) and the PSA Cardinals, took his first official visit to Virginia Tech this week.

    “The visit went well,” he said. “I had a good time, they have a nice campus and a great staff. I like what they have to offer there.”

    With Buzz Williams’ program losing several seniors, Bouknight could play a key role.

    “I would have a big role,” he said. “They have four seniors leaving so there’s a lot of playing time. But I’m still going to continue to go on theses visits. I still haven’t made any decisions.”

    Bouknight, who returned just before Peach Jam from a torn meniscus suffered in January, next visits Miami (Sept. 7-9) and UConn (Sept. 14-16).

    He has a final five of Virginia Tech, Miami, VCU, Indiana and UConn.

    “Most of the schools recruiting me right now said I’ll come in and play right away and I’ll be an impact player so that’s mostly the schools I’m looking at,” he said recently.

    As for Miami, he said,  “It’s a great campus, great coach, great staff. And they just want me to come in and play, and be an impact player.”

    Bouknight has already visited UConn unofficially.

    “[They say] that I’m one of their No. 1 priorities and they would love to have me come in and play right away tremendous minutes,” he said.

    After returning from injury and then dropping 33 points at Summer Jam Fest, he really helped his recruitment.

    “Yeah, I think I had a great end of the summer,” he said. “When I started to play coming back from the injury, the expectations for me weren’t as high as I thought they should be. So me coming in an putting up big numbers and scoring the ball a lot, I think that was a big plus for me.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.