“I’m so excited now just to be nominated, for me and Taylor, because me and Taylor grew up playing with each other,” Boykin said. “It’s just a great moment for both of us.”
On the boys’ side, Bullis’ Bruce Kelley will represent the area as the coach of the East team, which will compete against a West roster that includes former Montrose Christian All-Met Allonzo Trier. The Arizona recruit is now playing at Findlay Prep (Nev.).
Boykin’s selection is yet another honor among many during her decorated high school career. The All-Met and reigning Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year has won three gold medals with Team USA and is ranked as the nation’s No. 22 prospect by ESPN. Though she averaged 21.5 points in six games this year, Boykin is currently sidelined with an injury sustained to her shooting hand last month.
Murray, who played with Boykin on the USA U-16 team, stands as one of the area’s most prolific scorers. Last season, she averaged 25.5 points, including a school-record 38 in one game. The 5-foot-6 guard nearly broke her own mark last month by pouring in 36 points, along with 10 rebounds, eight steals and five assists during a Dec. 9 win against Meade.
Kelley’s honor comes on the heels of a 2013-14 campaign that saw him lead Bullis to its third straight Interstate Athletic Conference title and earn All-Met Coach of the Year. The Bulldogs are off to a 14-5 start this season and currently ranked No. 16 in The Post Top 20.
“It’s sort of just a surprise,” Kelley said in a Wednesday phone interview. “I’m a high school coach like a lot of guys, so I’m thrilled and honored because I realize it easily could have been a thousand other guys. I guess it’s just the right place, right time and a little bit of luck. I’m really appreciative and thankful to be selected.”
This year’s games will again take place at Chicago’s United Center, with the girls’ tipping off at 6:30 EST on ESPNU and the boys’ beginning at 9 p.m. on ESPN.
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