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Ballou’s Brandon Boykin mulling college basketball future

Ballou’s Brandon Boykin fouls Trayvaughn Newell of Coolidge. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

A week after his team’s memorable postseason run ended with a loss to Coolidge in a DCSAA championship game, Ballou forward Brandon Boykin has found himself in a recruiting limbo of sorts.

Boykin has an offer from Division II school Augusta State (Ga.) and multiple junior colleges, most notable Hutchison Community College (Kansas), which is currently ranked ninth in the in the NJCAA.

But Boykin has been hesitant to commit to one of those schools this month, instead waiting to hear if an offer materializes from larger Division I schools that have inquired about the 6-5, 220-pound bruiser. Virginia Tech, George Mason and George Washington have shown interest, and Boykin said he hopes to find a home at one of those programs if he qualifies academically. He took the SAT on March 9, and will receive his score in the coming weeks, he said.

“All I’m just waiting [for] is my SAT’s so I can qualify through the [NCAA] Clearinghouse,” Boykin said. “I know for sure I got some colleges that will be coming at me.”

While Boykin clings to hopes of a high-level offer late in the recruiting season, there’s no denying his performance as a senior this winter at Ballou. Boykin established himself as one of the DCIAA’s most gifted scorers, averaging 18.3 points per game and keying the teams’ midseason 12-game winning streak. And even though he struggled at times on the perimeter against Coolidge at the Verizon Center, Boykin still carried the look of a college-ready prospect. He held is own against the Colt’s imposing 6-foot-8 center David Kadiri on both ends of the floor — proving that he is a physical player that is determined to develop a more consistent mid-range game at the next level.

“I still can’t take no days off, because I might be playing on the next level next year,” said Boykin, who added that he is shooting at least 500 jumpers and 100 free throws per day. “I still have to be in the gym.”

Related: Recruit Watch: See who has what offers

Roman Stubbs covers the University of Maryland athletics for The Washington Post.



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Roman Stubbs · March 18, 2013