By Joe Henricksen

Lake Forest's Boudreaux just keeps producing

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All he's done is produce.

Lake Forest sophomore Evan Boudreaux entered high school as a freshman over two years ago and immediately made an impact -- at the varsity level.

As a freshman he averaged 13 points and nearly 9 rebounds a game. He put up 13 points and 19 rebounds in a regional championship victory over Fremd that season.

This past season, with a year of varsity basketball under his belt, the 6-7 Boudreaux was a force as a sophomore. He put up a double-double, averaging 16.5 points and 10.2 rebounds a game.

There is something to be said about production in this day and age where "length" and "athleticism" often seem to supersede performance in recruiting. And it's not very often young players can produce on a consistent basis at the varsity level the way Boudreaux has in his two years.

"I think it's his competitiveness more than anything," says Lake Forest coach Phil LaScala as to why Boudreaux has made such an early impact. "For a big kid, at his size, he just competes. He play with extreme confidence and that's hard to teach. He does things to make us successful that doesn't always show up on the stat sheet."

Boudreaux is a tough, put together 6-7, 225-pounder who gobbles up rebounds and shows versatility on the offensive end. He can trail on a break and knock down a 3-pointer. He shows the ability to be a pick-and-pop 4-man with his solid frame and shooting touch. And he brings a competitive edge, which is showcased when attacking the glass.

Already this spring, Boudreaux has led Team NLP to a tournament title in the 17U Platinum Division of the NY2LA Sports Spring Extravaganza in Minnesota. Even though Boudreaux was playing up one age group, he was named co-MVP of the event, along with NLP teammate Kurt Hall of North Chicago.

Boudreaux's play this spring, which included helping his team to a runner-up finish in the King James Classic, has helped garner a whole bunch of added interest from college programs. According to Dickey Simpkins, former Chicago Bull and founder of Team NLP, Boudreaux currently has offers from Boston College, DePaul, Iowa, Iowa State and Northwestern, with interest from the likes of Michigan, Michigan State, Stanford, Virginia, Wisconsin and Xavier.

"He's a skilled 4-man who can get things done inside and outside," says Simpkins. "Coaches like his toughness, his ability to rebound in traffic and the versatility he brings offensively."

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