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BrandonBoston Jr.

  • position Guard
  • height 6-7
  • Weight 185
  • class Freshman
  • Hometown Norcross, Ga.

2020-21 

Freshman: Declared for the 2021 NBA Draft following the season and will forgo his remaining collegiate eligibility … Selected 51st overall in the 2021 NBA Draft by the Memphis Grizzlies, the draft rights of which were traded to the Los Angeles Clippers … Produced a strong freshman campaign and was UK’s leading scorer for much of the season … Appeared in all 25 contests with 24 starts … Scored 287 points, hauled in 112 rebounds, posted 33 steals and added 40 assists … Averaged a team-high-tying 11.5 points per game, falling just a point short of the total points lead … His 4.5 rebounds per game led all of the guards … Paced the squad in steals … Scored in double figures a team-high-tying 17 times … Led the team in scoring in eight games … Team’s leader in steals nine times with six games with three or more swipes … Led the team in rebounding three times … Team-high-tying two games with 20 or more points … Improved his long-range shooting as the season wore on, making 23 3-pointers over the final 12 games after making seven in the first 13 outings … Scored a career-high 21 points on 7-of-13 shooting with a career-best six 3-pointers in the final regular-season game against South Carolina … Totaled 13 points and was a perfect 6 of 6 from the free-throw line at home against Florida … Tallied 12 points, while adding four rebounds and a trio of steals in the win at Vanderbilt … Scored 17 points for the second straight game and added a career-high four steals and three assists in the home win over Auburn … Notched 17 points with seven rebounds and three assists against Arkansas … Made a combined 9 of 13 attempts from 3-point range in the games vs. Arkansas and Auburn … Had 18 points, six rebounds, three assists, a block and a steal in the win over LSU … Began a good stretch with 18 points, seven boards and a steal at Georgia … Posted 13 points, including six free throws, with a career-high four steals in the runaway victory at Florida … Recorded 11 points and two steals in the double-overtime win over Mississippi State … Scored 11 points and added seven rebounds in the close loss at Louisville … Posted 15 points, seven boards and a pair of assists against No. 22/21 North Carolina … Logged 14 points, three steals, two assists and four rebounds against Notre Dame … Had 11 points, including three 3-pointers, vs. Georgia Tech … Scored 12 points and hauled in six rebounds in the narrow defeat vs. No. 7/5 Kansas … Posted his first career 20-point game and double-double on the same night with 20 points and 10 boards against Richmond … Began his collegiate career with 17 points, seven rebounds, an assist and a steal against Morehead State.  

HIGH SCHOOL

A consensus five-star prospect and Kentucky’s top-ranked player in the 2020 class … Averaged 19.7 points and 7.0 rebounds per game in helping lead Sierra Canyon to a 30-4 mark and a No. 2 national ranking as a senior … Named the California Male Athlete of the Year and the California Basketball Player of the Year by USA Today … Also tabbed a First Team Naismith All-American, Second Team Sports Illustrated All-American, SLAM Magazine All-American, California Mr. Basketball and the Gold Coast League MVP … Selected to the McDonald’s All American Game, the Allen Iverson Roundball Classic and the Jordan Brand Classic … Averaged 22.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.9 steals per game in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League circuit prior to his senior season … Considered one of the top shooting guards in the class and is ranked as high as No. 5 overall by Rivals … Earned 2018-19 MaxPreps Boys Basketball Junior All-American Team Honorable Mention distinction after averaging 18.4 points, 5.4 rebounds 1.9 steals while leading his previous high school in Norcross, Georgia, to the state semifinals as a junior.

PERSONAL

Born Nov. 28 in Norcross, Georgia … Parents are Alissa and Brandon Boston Sr. … Nickname is BJ … Has three sisters, Daija Berry and Aysia and Brandi Boston … Pursuing a degree in business management … Served as a volunteer coach for elementary and middle school basketball camps … His most prized possession is the dollar bill he keeps in his shoe … Favorite food are barbeque wings … When he’s not playing basketball he’s spending time with his family … Favorite movie is He Got Game … Enjoys drawing pictures … He eats candy before games … His favorite former Kentucky player is Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

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