Josh Boone, a developing 6-8, 215 pound power forward from Mt. Airy, Md., took two visits over the past week. Boone first visited the campus of Connecticut. "The trip was real good," Boone said. "I really liked the campus and the staff at UConn."
Boone said he had a nice look at all of the advantages of going to Connecticut. "They're also building a new facility that looks pretty nice," Boone said.
Boone played last year at South Carroll H.S. in Sykesville, Md., and he will enroll next month at West Nottingham Acad. in Coloura, Md., for a prep year.
Boone also took a trip to Virginia. He arrived back last night. And Boone told us he also had a good time meeting the coaches and taking a tour around the beautiful Charlottesville campus. "Actually I just got back tonight (interview done last night) from an unofficial at University of Virginia," Boone said. "I really liked the coaching staff there too. I don't have any more (visits) planned as of now, but i know that a bunch of schools are coming in to make a home visit in the next couple weeks."
Boone didn't have the set visit list in front of him when we were contacted. But the schools that are likely to come in are the programs that have already offered him. Boone told Rivalshoops.com that he has been offered scholarships by St. Joe's, Richmond, Virginia, Rutgers, UConn and Tennessee.
Others who have expressed interest include Indiana, Maryland, North Carolina, Kansas, Georgetown, Stanford and Penn.
Boone is quick from end to end and very light on his feet. He challenges shots effectively on the defensive end, and has probably packed on 15-20 pounds since the last time we saw him during the 2001-2002 campaign.
As a senior in high school last spring, Boone took official trips to St. Joe's and Rutgers. He said that he currently has no leaders, but he is leaning toward signing early.
He will have five official visits to use this fall, although he has yet to pledge any official trips to the schools on his list.
Last season at South Carroll, Boone averaged 21 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocks per contest. An excellent student, Boone has a 3.5 GPA and scored a 1200 on the SAT.
He is attending prep school primarily for an extra year of physical maturity, as he certainly does not need it from an academic standpoint.
Boone's busy summer included pit stops at the first session of the Eastern Invitational Basketball Clinic, the Charlie Weber//Harley Davidson Invitational in West Virginia, the 17 and under AAU Nationals in Florida and the 19 and under AAU Nationals in Tennessee. He played at the latter two events with Cecil Kirk.
Boone plans on playing with Cecil Kirk at the Maryland Weber in October, so we will keep you posted on his recruitment and play in the weeks to come.