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Wednesday / February 20.
  • Montverde coach Kevin Boyle has more top-3 NBA Draft picks since 2011 than any coach besides Coach K

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    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — One high school coach has produced more top-3 NBA Draft picks since 2011 than any college coach in America outside of Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski.

    Kevin Boyle, the current Montverde (FL) Academy and former St. Patrick’s (N.J.) coach, has already produced five top-3 picks since 2011  — two No. 1 overall picks in Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons, two No. 2s in D’Angelo Russell and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and a No. 3 in Joel Embiid (whom Boyle initially sent to Montverde’s second team because the roster was too crowded on the first).

    Assuming Duke freshman R.J. Barrett goes in the top-3 this year (a fairly safe bet), Boyle’s number will be up to six.

    “[Boyle] prepares guys not only for the ACC but all higher levels of basketball,” Coach K said earlier this month. “I’m a big Kevin Boyle fan.”

    Coach K, who currently coaches Barrett and projected No. 1 pick Zion Williamson, would be at eight top-3 picks since 2011 assuming those two go in the top-3. His current list includes a former No. 1 pick in Irving, three No. 2s in Marvin Bagley III, Jabari Parker and Brandon Ingram and two No. 3s in Jahlil Okafor and Jayson Tatum

    During that same span, Kentucky’s John Calipari has produced three top-3 picks (Karl-Anthony Towns, Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist), Kansas’s Bill Self two (Andrew Wiggins and Embiid), Arizona’s Sean Miller two (Deandre Ayton and Derrick Williams) and North Carolina’s Roy Williams none. So Boyle and Montverde have produced more top-3 picks since 2011 than Kentucky, Kansas and North Carolina combined. Let that sink in for a minute.

    “He’s had that credibility all along,” Russell, who played at Ohio State and is now with the Nets, told me last year of Boyle for this feature on Bleacher Report. “And guys keep gravitating toward that Montverde program.”

    During the last six years, Boyle has also led Montverde to four national championships. That’s Nick Saban-esque.

    Boyle, 55, has occasionally been linked to college jobs but for now, he is happy coaching in the warm weather at Montverde, a diverse and well-heeled school where he makes a good living. He’s also involved in coaching clinics around the world, including in China and Russia.

    Of course, if the right offer ever came along, he might consider it.

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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.