Boykins Chooses Lafayette

24 Feb

Monty Boykins (2)On Sunday evening, Cincinnati Lakota West shooting guard Monty Boykins became the 31st Ohio senior in the class of 2013 to make a commitment to a Division I program, as the 6’4 wing pledged to Lafayette.

Boykins, who has missed all but the first few games of his senior year due to a torn ACL, committed to the Leopards after officially visiting their campus in Easton, Pennsylvania, to take in a game against conference foe Lehigh. One of the top academic schools in the country, the Boykins family said that the educational opportunities at Lafayette were what pushed them over the edge, eventually causing the heavily recruited guard to commit.

After considering offers from Miami (OH), Kent State, Lehigh, Detroit, Bucknell, Long Island Brooklyn, Eastern Kentucky, and several others from the low and mid major levels (as well as some high major interest), Boykins settled on Lafayette over the weekend, disappointing several other high academic schools from the region, who will now have to create scouting reports to try and slow him down.

A high scoring guard who suited up with the Ohio Phenoms on the Adidas circuit in AAU last season, Boykins excels both as a three-point shooter and a slasher who can get to the rim and finish with creativity. Over the last year, Boykins has slowly began to add strength to his frame, and his athleticism has improved because of it. After proving his abilities as a scorer on both the high school and AAU levels, Boykins has reached a top five ranking in TDP’s 2013 Ohio rankings at the shooting guard position.

At this point it is still unclear as to when doctors will clear Boykins to get back onto the court, as his knee continues to heal from January surgery, but the guard does not have any plans to redshirt in his first year of college.

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