Brandon ‘BJ’ Boston is now living the NBA dream.
With the 51st pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, Boston was selected by the New Orleans Pelicans, which was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers. He becomes the second Wildcat drafted tonight after Isaiah Jackson went 22nd to the Indiana Pacers.
Sources: Pelicans trading No. 51 to Clippers and LAC will pick Brandon Boston.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 30, 2021
Making 24 starts in 25 appearances as a true freshman, Boston averaged a team-high-tying 11.5 points per game on 35.5% shooting (30% from deep) to go with 4.5 rebounds per outing. The Norcross (GA) native led the squad with 33 steals and had six games with three or more swipes. Known for his ability to
The 6-foot-7, 185-pound guard reached double figures a team-high 17 times and had a pair of 20-point outings. Boston made particular strides from long range as the season wore on, draining 23 3-pointers over the final 12 games. He scored a career-high 21 points with a career-best six 3s in the regular-season finale against South Carolina.
Boston came into his lone college season riding a wave of immense hype. At one point, ESPN had him projected as the third-overall pick in the 2021 draft. However, a broken finger suffered over the summer, as well as COVID-19 restrictions, prevented Boston from having a normal offseason and setting him back to the point he just never found any rhythm.
Still, Boston has a world of untapped potential that will hopefully be realized now that he’s in the NBA and should have a normal offseason to get prepared for his rookie season.
Boston is probably happy to hear he’s staying in L.A. to begin his NBA career, as that’s where he’s been training since the offseason began, and he played his final year of high school hoops locally at Sierra Canyon.
Best of luck to Boston in the pros!