Boone decides to cast lot with UConn

Ex-South Carroll star chooses Huskies over Kansas for '03-04 season


High Schools

October 24, 2002|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

When All-Metro center Josh Boone visited friends at South Carroll High School last week adorned in a Kansas Jayhawks jersey, it appeared he had made his choice about where to play college ball.

Yesterday, however, the 6-foot-9 Boone, now a post-graduate student at West Nottingham Academy near Rising Sun, rejected that notion like he did so many shots in the lane last season, announcing, instead, his intentions to attend the University of Connecticut.

"It was between either Kansas or UConn, but I just felt like [Connecticut] was the best fit for me, overall," said Boone, adding that his prospects of playing as a freshman entered into the decision.

He plans to sign a letter of intent when the early national signing period begins Nov. 13.

Boone, who averaged 20 points, 14.4 rebounds and 7.0 blocks per game to earn Carroll County Player of the Year honors last season, said other finalists included Georgetown, Virginia, Stanford, Rutgers and St. Joseph's. Overwhelmed with scholarship offers his senior year, he decided to spend a year at West Nottingham to become more physically mature.

"He's a great shot-blocker and he's very athletic," said former South Carroll coach Jim Carnes, who watched Boone play in AAU games over the summer.

"He's just got to get used to playing against big guys all the time. He hasn't had that opportunity to have big guys pushing on him every game. He's also got to develop a little more of an outside game. I think they want him to be able to shoot from 12-15 feet."

Through a strict weight program, the 17-year-old hopes to add about 15 pounds to his 220-pound frame by the time he enters UConn next fall.

Boone, a first-team All-Metro pick last season for the Cavaliers after earning second-team honors as a junior, graduated with a 3.6 grade-point average and scored 1,200 on his SAT.

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