2015 Intro: Bennie Boatwright

Bennie Boatwright

One of the more intriguing sophomores out west is Alemany forward Bennie Boatwright. Here's an intro to his game and recruitment...

Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany has a 2015 prospect with a lot of upside in 6-foot-7, 190-pound forward Bennie Boatwright.

Scout.com offered the following evaluation of Boatwright after a recent performance in the South Bay Fall League:

There's a lot of upside to the young face-up four, who has some Austin Daye to his game. He's very physically immature and still growing, but for now he's most comfortable offensively facing the basket, while defensively he's going to be best defending inside. He played through an injured finger on his shooting hand, but he has a really smooth outside stroke and it's pretty clear to see that's a major weapon for him. He can also handle it pretty well for his size and made some nice passes. It's pretty easy to see why schools have been so quick to offer him.

Boatwright says he's grown two to three inches in the past year and still has the youthful experience and frame of a young kid who could still get taller.

At this point, his shooting is definitely his strength.

"I shoot it really well, I like to get other people involved, I think I can play a little guard since I see the floor, I rebound and I like to play the post," Boatwright said. "I need to get stronger and quicker laterally."

Early offers have already come in from Boise State, Connecticut, New Mexico State, Rice, San Diego, U.C. Irvine, USC and Washington.

However, a local school may end up with the advantage.

"I grew up rooting for UCLA," Boatwright said. "I like their tradition and all of the players they put in the NBA.

"They've talked to my dad some. It's a school I'd really consider if they offered. If they show a little more interest I'd really consider them."

Boatwright is about to start his sophomore season, and he has at least one big goal.

"I'm trying to prove that I'm not soft," he said.

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