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By David Cordova
In today’s game of basketball, it is a positionless game as forwards run, dribble and shoot just like the guards. However, because of their height, it gives them a pure advantage over smaller players. And if they can shoot, it’s even better.
Brandon Boston, Jr. is one of those supremely talented players that is able to dominate the game on the high school level. The 6-foot-7 shooting guard, who hails from Norcross, Georgia, is rated as the No. 7 player in the Class of 2020, and it is easy to see why, due to his ability to shoot from three-point range and also his athletic ability.
He may not be the strongest player on the court, but he finds a way to make things happen. His toughness and resiliency on the court trumps everything else.
This season, Boston led the Norcross Blue Devils to 22-9, a GHSA state semifinal appearance record and averaged 18.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game and was a Class 7A First-Team All-State selection.
Last month, he was at the NBPA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, Virginia, and showcased plenty of talent on the floor in front of plenty of college coaches and NBA scouts. When asked about the experience of being at a very prestigious camp, he replied, “You know, this camp is a blessing to be in, a lot of kids don’t get this chance. I just put the work in every day in order to have opportunities like this.”
On the AAU circuit, he tore it up with the Atlanta-based Athletes of Tomorrow (AOT) program on the Nike EYBL circuit. Alongside his running mate, Sharife Cooper, who is one of the best players nationally and in the state of Georgia, Boston was one of the team’s main scoring threats, as he averaged 22.8 points, while putting up 8.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game.
In his final game on the Nike EYBL circuit in the Peach Jam quarterfinals against Boo Williams in North Augusta, South Carolina, he went out with a bang, scoring 32 points and added eight rebounds and three assists.
When asked about playing for AOT, he replied, “AOT is fun, you know, we work hard every day, we do everything together. In the summer, we probably sleep in the same house together, so that we can bond and get ready for Peach Jam.”
At the present moment, Boston, who is a very highly-touted prospect cut his list down to four schools, such as Auburn, Florida, Duke and Kentucky. Pretty soon, there’s a chance that he could be playing in either the ACC or the SEC.
When asked about what a school would have to have in order to land his services, he replied, “They got to want me, really, they got to need me the most, I’ve got to be comfortable with the coach, and how they play.”
Also, when he gets into college, he stated that he would like to major in production. When asked why he wants to major in that, he replied, “I really like movies, I like to watch them and I want to learn how to make them.”
On August 18th, SLAM Magazine will be having their second annual Summer Classic at Monsignor Kett Playground, which is also the home of the famed Dyckman Basketball Tournament in the Inwood section of Manhattan. Being one of the best players in the nation, Boston was selected as one of the players to participate in this great event.
Also, when high school players from other states hear the words, New York, they automatically dream of playing there, and get excited and long for playing in front of big crowds on the asphalt.
When asked about the chance to play at Dyckman, Boston replied, “That’s really my biggest dream, playing at Dyckman, playing in front of all those people, big crowd, I’m just looking forward to that opportunity.”
Also, in recent months, he has been featured in his own series by The Unguarded, a New Jersey-based production company that films some of the best high school players around the country as go on their basketball journeys.
When asked about the series with The Unguarded, he added: “The Unguarded is a great documentary group, I’m just blessed [to have my story on there].”
Now that his senior season is coming up, all he has left to do is to win a GHSA state championship and also make events such as the McDonald’s All-American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic. But whenever he gets to his destination, whatever college coach lands the services of Brandon Boston, Jr., will be getting a thoroughbred, a hard-worker and also special talent, who may one day grace an NBA court.
But until then, there’s still plenty left for him to accomplish.