By Michael O'Brien

Aurora phenom Ryan Boatright commits to USC

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Tim Floyd snags the 5-10 guard before he even picks a high school...

Aurora phenom Ryan Boatright hasn’t decided where to attend high school, but he’s already picked a college.

The 5-10 guard gave an oral commitment to USC coach Tim Floyd on Sunday. Boatright was at USC for a basketball camp over the weekend. Word leaked out on Monday that Floyd had offered Boatright a scholarship. The family announced the commitment Tuesday.

“It was just a coincidence,” Tanesha Boatright, Ryan’s mother, said. “Ryan has always loved USC and North Carolina. So when one of his favorite schools offered him a scholarship, he couldn’t pass it up.”

DePaul and Indiana both expressed interest in Boatright, but USC was the first school to offer. Floyd made quite an impression on the family.

“He was just amazing,” Tanesha Boatright said. “Such a warm, nice man. He made us feel so comfortable. He was awesome. You couldn’t have asked for anything more.”

Boatright is just the latest in a new trend of ultra-early commitments. Floyd received an oral commitment from a 14-year old last year as well, 6-6 Dwayne Polee Jr. from Westchester, California.
Cully Payne committed to DePaul before playing a high school game for Burlington Central and Jereme Richmond committed to Illinois after his first game at North Shore Country Day, but Boatright is the first player to commit to college before choosing a high school. He’s expected to make that choice later this week.

“I’m not sure what we are going to do,” Tanesha Boatright said. “There is so much pressure on him about that. We want to find a good school and a good team.”

Boatright has family on both sides of Aurora, so he is deciding between East and West Aurora.

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good luck man in the future

YOU must have talent for an 8th grader with college prospects looking at you

What are the advantages of committing so early?

YOU SHOULD HAVE WAITED MAN.GOOD LUCK IN THE FUTURE BUT HOPE THAT THE COMMITMENT DOESN'T SCREW YOU OVER LATER ON IN YOUR LIFE.IF YOU WAITED A LITTLE LONGER,YOU MAY HAVE ENDED UP HAPPIER

actually, he isnt that good according to many scouting services

Stupidest thing I have ever heard. How many "hot" 8th graders flame out by the time they graduate from high school. Tim Floyd could easily star in a production of Death of A Salesman, he has that look to him.

He's not that good i shut him down in a AAU Game but he has some skill but not enough to be recruited so early

man im mad dat ryan didnt go to west cuz errbodii gonna b at his games but imma b look-n forwaRD TO SEEING HIM WHEN HE GO TO COLLEGE. DATS KEWL WIT ME. all ya'll hatas betta quit cuz ryan need to be recruited. he raw...

that boy is good. people hating because they didnt get committed. keep up the good work Ryan

Dude this kid is smart... what if he becomes a bust ( probaly wont) but if he gets injured they cant back out on his scholarship

RYAN GUD LUCK BAE

St Charles North has shut the kid down two years in a row. Josh Mikes, Jon demoss, and Nick Neari are better than this kid. He is very overrated and gets flustered by the small crowds at high school games. Tim Floyd, bad decision.

hi

qoodluck in dha future .

RYAN BOATRIGHT ROCKS MAN ! ! AND IS REALY GOOD IN BASKETBALL

i played against his team in an aau game, and the kid has potential. We went back and forth on plays but he isn't all that he is expected to be.

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