Note: Brandon Boston has committed to the Kentucky Wildcats since this post was published. He is the first Class of 2020 recruit to pick the Wildcats.
Brandon ‘BJ’ Boston Jr. is a smooth operator on the basketball court and is widely regarded as one of the best scoring guards in the class of 2020.
During his decorated high school career, the Pearl (MS) native developed a reputation of wanting to play alongside the best players.
On the Nike EYBL AAU Circuit, Boston chose to play for the AOT Running Rebels, an incredibly loaded team that featured another five-star guard in Sharife Cooper. The Georgia-based squad also had Auburn commit Isaac Okoro and was considered one of the top AAU teams in America. He still managed to perform as one of the best scorers on the circuit.
Then, in a somewhat surprising move, Boston announced back in July that he would be transferring from Norcross High School in Georgia to head out west and play for Sierra Canyon, a powerhouse program in California.
In doing so, it added to a roster that was already being touted by some as one of the best teams ever assembled in high school basketball. Ziaire Williams, Terren Frank, Amari Bailey, Zaire Wade, and Bronny James Jr. have all joined forces at Sierra Canyon.
So if there is one thing that you can say about Brandon Boston Jr., it’s that he does not seem to be ego driven. The 10th-ranked player in 2020 via 247 Sports Composite was a five-star prospect with blue blood offers before heading out west, so there really was no reason for more exposure. His mindset seems set on winning and being a part of a inclusive culture that has a realistic chance at winning championships.
As far as his on the court characteristics go, Boston can do it a little bit of everything, especially offensively. He scores the ball around the rim, can make pull-up jump shots, and has the play-making ability to create for his teammates. He will also straight up posterize you if given the opportunity.
In watching highlights and film of Boston, his feel for the game immediately jumps out at you. He rarely gets out of breath and plays under control even though he has explosive athleticism. Boston is also an underrated rebounder and can get up with the best of them.
Breaking: Brandon Boston is headed to Sierra Canyon, per Jake Weingarten— B/R Hoops (@brhoops) July 20, 2019
He'll join Ziaire Williams, Bronny James, Zaire Wade, Amari Bailey and Terren Frank pic.twitter.com/Rjn6TP9ECI
The most impressive thing about the 6-6 guard is the potential he has beyond college. It’s evident that he is still growing and could extend his frame to add even more length to his already long extremities. His size and wingspan are something that has allowed him to be a standout offensive threat, but at this stage his upper body strength is somewhat of a weakness.
As Boston moves into high-level Division I basketball and beyond, he will need to make adding strength a focal point. Currently listed at 6-6 and 175 pounds, there will be major opportunity for opponents to bump him off his path and make creating his own shot, something that he excels at now, a lot more difficult. He is a good enough player to overcome his strength deficiencies, but to progress into the lottery pick player that many people believe he can be, it will take a dedicated effort is the weight room.
UK was all-in and clearly made Brandon Boston Jr. a priority from the spring to the culmination of the summer AAU season, where the staff was on hand to watch him several times at the last stop on the Nike EYBL Tour. Shortly after that, he took his official visit to UK for the weekend of July 25th.
Boston had already been to Lexington twice before - back in August of 2017 and then February of 2019 - where he saw UK demolish Auburn and received a scholarship offer from John Calipari. So he definitely had the lay of the land and knew exactly what UK had to offer early on in his recruitment and down the stretch as he makes a final decision.
Fast forward to now, and whoever lands Boston is going to be getting a lethal scorer with lottery pick potential. Judging by his pre-college experience,s he will not shy away from the moment. When LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have frequented your games, you would assume that it would be difficult to rattle the five-star guard.
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