Thanks to a blend of size and skill, four-star junior Bennie Boatwright is highly sought-after by college coaches. With programs from across the country chasing him, he's in the process of sorting out his recruitment.
A product of Sun Valley (Calif.) Village Christian, the 6-foot-8 small forward possesses the ability to stretch defenses with his 3-point stroke; his versatility can make him a tough match-up for opposing teams.
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Schools up and down the West Coast have extended scholarship offers to Boatwright, and the No. 35 player in the class of 2015's recruitment has gone national.
"Pretty much the whole Pac-12, Kansas, Florida, Connecticut and a few other schools have been calling," Boatwright said. "Almost all of them have offered me."
Many of the schools recruiting Boatwright have been lucky enough to have him on campus in the past year for unofficial visits.
"Last year, I went to UConn with my dad. We go to USC and UCLA games all the time. We went to Arizona and Arizona State and we went to California as well. Those were all unofficial visits," said Boatwright.
UConn has had some recent success recruiting in California, landing five-star Daniel Hamilton in the 2014 class. Kevin Ollie's staff is hoping to come back and snag another top recruit out of California in 2015.
"The UConn visit went really well," Boatwright said. "They have a really good program. They develop their players and have put out a lot of NBA players. I really like their program."
USC's Andy Enfield hired a coaching staff last year with strong ties in the Los Angeles area in hopes of keeping top local players like Boatwright close to home. Despite a tough year on the court, Boatwright seems impressed with the new Trojan coaching staff.
"USC is a growing program," he said. "They have a really good coaching staff over there. That's a really good school too."
Arizona's strong season on the court has certainly caught the attention of the four-star prospect.
"They really develop their players. They are a players-first program. They are having a really good season this year," Boatwright said. "I visited there for their Red and Blue game not too long ago."
Boatwright says no school holds an edge right now in his recruitment, but he plans to start moving closer to a decision shortly after his high school season ends by trimming his list down to a more manageable number.
"I don't have any favorites right now, but I'm going to cut my list down after the season. I'll probably get it down to seven to 10 schools. I'll probably commit right before next season starts. I'm going to be looking for a place with a family atmosphere and that will help develop as a player."
Dan McDonald is a contributing national basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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