It has been a unique recruiting process for four-star prospect Ryan Boatright, but the speedy point guard has settled on a school just prior to the beginning of the early signing period.
Boatright, 5 feet 10, 150 pounds of Aurora (Ill.) East High School, is headed to UConn.
"Ryan just said he had a good relationship with Coach [Jim] Calhoun," said Boatright's travel team coach Reggie Rose of the D-Rose All Stars. "He said Coach Calhoun was different than the other coaches. They wanted to talk negatively about West Virginia, but Coach Calhoun just wanted to talk about the positives of Connecticut."
In an ironic twist, Connecticut gets a top 50 prospect in Boatright because they lost three-star Rivals150 prospect and top point guard target Jabarie Hinds to West Virginia. Hinds committed to Coach Bob Huggins a day after Boatright had committed to the Mountaineers. That spurred a decommitment from Boatright, and then now a commitment to Coach Calhoun.
Boatright first became a national name back in eighth grade when he committed to Coach Tim Floyd at USC, sparking national interest and concern about the recruitment of prospects so young in age.
UNLV hosted Boatright on an official visit this past weekend and was the top recruiting competition against UConn.
Boatright is the first 2011 commitment for the Huskies.