So after coming home from a midday fishing trip (I’m really trying to make spring weather get here quicker) I get word that San Diego prospect Terrence Boyd committed to WKU. This is a HUGE — I repeat, HUGE — commitment for Western and head coach Ken McDonald. Boyd is currently in Scout.com’s Top-50 list for 2009 prospects, and his size and athelticism are a big boost for WKU.
“This is definitely a big pickup for coach McDonald, especially in his first recruiting class,” Scout.com senior analyst Evan Daniels said. “They are getting a guy who has to potential to make difference down the road. He plays a slasher-type role and likes to attack the rim and gets there, and when he does, he really finishes.”
Boyd made a visit to WKU last Saturday during the Florida International game and in my live blog, I talked about how the fans really took a liking to him. Maybe that helped, but a prospect that held offers from schools that hang national championship banners like Kentucky and UConn, as well as Oregon State, Kansas State and Pitt, had to see something in the Toppers that he didn’t in the rest.
This is another testiment to Western head coach Ken McDonald, who showed his great recruiting prowess when he got all but one (freshman B.J. Frazier) player to buy in to his system, which has worked as well as anyone could have asked for this season. For him to get the class he got in the fall, with the likes of Jordan Swing, William Green and Caden Dickerson, added in with the commitment of Boyd, he is already rivaling Darrin Horn in his ability to recruit.
Daniels added that eligibility may be the one possible issue with Boyd. Due to his moving around in the past couple of years, he hasn’t played high school ball in two years, but the AAU circuit is more valuable these days anyway.
“But there is no denying he is a good player,” Daniels said. “He definitely is a solid commit. He’s a tough competitor with a strong frame who gets to the rim. His jumper is an area of concern. But a guy of his talent going to the Sun Belt is a huge pickup for WKU.”
The next signing period is in April, which is when Boyd should sign. We’ll do some more research and have more for you in the coming days on this huge commitment.