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BJ Boston declares for NBA Draft

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Boston’s draft stock has fallen, but he’s taking his chances.

NCAA Basketball: South Carolina at Kentucky Arden Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

The Kentucky Wildcats lost another one today as freshman BJ Boston has declared for the 2021 NBA Draft.

The 6-7, 185-pound freshman came in ranked as Kentucky’s highest rated recruit at No. 5 overall in the 247Sports Composite Rankings. Boston’s preseason hype was sky high as he dominated the high school basketball ranks playing alongside multiple top prospects, including Bronny James and Zaire Wade, the sons of LeBron James and Dwayne Wade, respectively.

However, the ranking and the hype didn’t quite translate to the college level. Boston showed flashes throughout his freshman season.

On the year, BJ averaged 11.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game. Boston only shot 30% from deep on the year, but he did shoot over 37% in SEC play. His 78% free throw percentage is probably indicative that his early struggles shooting were a bit fluky. But his 35% overall shooting percentage leaves a lot to be desired. He also averaged 1.3 steals per game.

All in all, it was a really disappointing season for Boston—like just about everyone else who donned the blue and white this year. COVID surely slowed BJ’s development, but his skinny frame was just something he couldn’t overcome. And it won’t get any easier at the next level until he can put on some weight.

While the Brandon Ingram comparisons were clearly a bit off, the young Cat clearly has quite a bit of potential. His length and athleticism are hard to find. It may take some time, but Boston can be successful in the NBA one day.

It hurts Kentucky to not get a kid like BJ back for a sophomore season, but draft experts are split on where he’ll go in the draft. He could go anywhere from late first round to late second round, so there’s no telling whether it will end up being a good decision or not.

Regardless, Boston is gone and we’ll wish him the best of luck. The potential will breakthrough one day.

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