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Five-star B.J. Boston updates where he stands

RANKINGS: 2019 Rivals150 | 2019 Team rankings | 2019 Position rankings

2020 Rivals150 | 2020 Position rankings

Top 75 of 2021

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B.J. Boston
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B.J. Boston has long been considered one of the top prospects in the country, but he’s elevated his status in the 2020 class over the past year to the point where he is now ranked as the No. 7 prospect in the 2020 Rivals150.

He’s had a terrific junior season at Norcross (Ga.) and will be playing in a monster 7A state tournament semifinal matchup on Saturday afternoon against McEachern, which has several of his teammates from AOT including Sharife Cooper and Auburn-bound Isaac Okoro.

The 6-foot-7 shooting guard’s recruitment continues to tick up as well. Most recently he took an official visit to Kentucky and left with a scholarship offer from the Wildcats. Kentucky sent an assistant to watch his game on Wednesday night as well. Previously, he has taken official visits to Alabama, Auburn, Duke and Florida.

IN HIS OWN WORDS

Boston broke down all his official visits to date, including his new offer from Kentucky.

Alabama: “Coach Avery [Johnson] is a good guy. I really like how he knows what he’s doing and knows what it takes for guys to get to the League.”

Auburn: “Coach [Bruce] Pearl, he just keeps it 100 with those guys. He’s a family man and wants to take care of his players.”

Duke: “They are really good too. I like their coaching staff. They are a fun group of guys. I’m pretty close with Jordan Goldwire and Cam Reddish. They haven’t really told me anything specific about Duke other than they really like it.”

Florida: “That was a good visit. They have a good coaching staff. I really like those guys. I’m close with them.”

Kentucky: “I’m thankful for the offer and that they came to see me. They have a good coaching staff. They are fun to be around and good to talk to. They want to keep working hard and getting better.”

RIVALS REACTION

It’s pretty easy to look at Boston’s recruitment and think it will be a traditional battle between Duke and Kentucky. That could very well be the case. Kentucky has really ramped up their recruitment of him lately and he seems very receptive to it. Nobody has recruited better the last few years than Coach K and Duke. Combine that with his former Norcross teammate Goldwire being on the team there and it is easy to see how he could end up in Durham.

Let’s not rule out the other three SEC schools involved in this one though. Pearl has been lights out recruiting in Georgia going back to his Tennessee tenure and has built a strong relationship with Boston’s AOT travel program. Johnson’s NBA background really appeals to Boston. And Florida did a great job of not only getting in early with him and building a strong relationship, but it also has really sold him on the style of play being a great fit.