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Brandon Boston taking time with Final Four schools
By ARI ROSENFELDCHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Brandon Boston Jr., the Class of 2020 guard/forward from Norcross (GA) and AOT Running Rebels, is in a different boat than most of his counterparts at the NBPA Top 100 Camp.
Having already trimmed his expansive recruiting list to just four schools, Boston doesn’t have to be concerned with impressing the scores of college coaches in attendance in Charlottesville, allowed to evaluate at Top 100 for the first time.
With that, the silky-smooth 6-foot-6 wing is able to enjoy the experience of playing against top competition and learning from former pros like his camp coach, Greg Oden.
“This camp is a blessing to be at,” Boston said after wrapping up his first night of games. “A lot of kids don’t really get this chance. I just put the work in every day to be able to have opportunities like this in life.”
After picking up offers from dozens of high-major suitors across the country, Boston cut his list last month to a list of four: Kentucky, Duke, Auburn, and Florida.
“I think these are the four schools that are on me the hardest right now, that want me to be at their university,” he said.
Boston said that at this point, the schools’ respective pitches are all essentially the same.
“Just go at it every game and play hard. Just keep playing hard, and that they’re watching and they want me.”
He also recapped his unofficial visit to Kentucky, which took place in February when the Wildcats routed Auburn at Rupp Arena.
“It was a good atmosphere,” he said. “It was like an NBA arena in there when they played Auburn. It was good, real high-intensity.”
So how will he begin to differentiate the four when it ultimately comes time to make a final decision? According to Boston, it will come down to who really needs him the most, as well as a gut feeling of comfort.\
“They’ve got to want me really,” he said. “They’ve got to need me the most, I’ve got to be comfortable with the coach and how they play, and just be all the way there with 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.
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