Evan Boudreaux, according to Dickie Simpkins, “helped his team tremendously” at the AAU Division I nationals.
But that’s only the half of it.
Evan Boudreaux also helped himself tremendously.
The 6-foot-7 forward, who will be a sophomore at Lake Forest, snagged a scholarship offer from Boston College during this high-level 17U tournament in Orlando.
His efforts were key as Team NLP-TL captured runner-up honors on July 30.
The 15-year-old Boudreaux, who also has received an offer from Northwestern University, arguably played his best basketball when Team NLP went up against a squad from Orlando. In that game, Boudreaux had a chance to play against a 6-9 center — who already has received an offer from Boston College.
And how did that work out?
Boudreaux put it on him, scoring the first nine points of the game.
“Boston College offered Evan a scholarship right after the game,” said Simpkins, who is the founder of Next Level Performance. “He played very well against a kid (a rising senior) who has received 15 offers.”
Boudreaux also found a way to — once again — impress ex-NBA great Oscar Robertson, who was doing color commentary for ESPN3.com during the tourney’s final four games.
“Oscar remembered him from last year,” said Simpkins.
Simpkins also is excited about guard Ben Simpson. The Lake Forest senior-to-be was a key player off the bench for Team NLP at the national tourney.
“His confidence has been built this summer,” Simpkins said. “He’s playing sky-high right now.”
Simpkins, an ex-Chicago Bull, calls Simpson a glue guy.
“He does a little bit of everything out there,” said Simpkins. “He comes up with a lot of hustle plays. He had a great tournament.”