Thursday, December 4th, 2008 at 5:18 pm  |  20 responses

Show No Mercy

Terrence Boyd overpowers his competition.

Words by Justin Walsh

Terrence Boyd is used to being on loaded high school teams. During the 2006-07 season, Terrence played basketball at Oak Hill Academy with blue-chippers Alex Legion, Brandon Jennings and Nolan Smith. That roster garnered the mythical National Championship. This season he is part of a stacked San Diego High School squad featuring Top 5 recruit Jeremy Tyler and west coast standout LaBradford Franklin. In his senior season, after having to sit out last year in Oklahoma, Terrence looks to silence the critics.

Boyd stands at 6-5, 230 pounds (and, so does linebacker Shawn Crable of the Patriots, for that matter). Sucks for anybody playing high school basketball in California this season. Sorry kids, not only do you have to deal with a top-ranked center night in-night out, you have to deal with a freight train driving into the lane, threatening to add your face to his “t-bag” image collection.

There’s a scene at the end of Indiana Jones where you see the Ark of the Covenant being filed away in endless rows of wooden crates. I imagine Boyd’s recruiting letters akin to that scene. Of the plethora of schools involved with the Terrence Boyd lottery, he’s currently considering Kentucky, USC, OU, Kansas State and Marquette. Here’s a breakdown of what that could potentially mean for each school:

Current Commits: Daniel Orton, Jon Hood, G.J. Vilarino
If Kentucky can sign Boyd, it can complete an already solid recruiting class. They have a strong frontcourt commitment in Orton; G.J. was locked up for Kentucky since he was 15 years old; and Jon Hood plans on adding some long defensive versatility to the squad. Terrence would be the final piece—a shooting guard his size could help Kentucky regain some of the ground they’ve lost in the past few years.

Current Commits: Noel Johnson, Solomon Hill, Derrick Williams
USC has two small forwards and a power forward in the 2009 recruiting class. Terrence could lock up a guard for the Trojans. Demar DeRozan will probably be gone after this year, Taj Gibson might leave for the NBA as well. Stepping into Taj’s place will be Mamadou Diarra and Leonard Washington. Boyd could help replace some of the minutes and offensive production that could be gone, depending on Demar’s decision to stay or go. Noel and Solomon have a chance to step in and play some minutes right away for USC, both being in the ESPN100 rankings.

Current Commits: Keith Gallon, Tommy Mason-Griffin, Andrew Fitzgerald, Steve Pledger, Kyle Hardick.
Oklahoma’s recruiting class is nasty. They have four players in the ESPN100 rankings in Keith “Tiny” Gallon, Mason-Griffin, Fitzgerald and Pledger. They also have power forward Kyle Hardick, a native of Oklahoma. Signing Boyd would merely be adding another Oklahoma native to the class. I don’t know how much production Terrence could provide the loaded Sooners, but Boyd is the prototypical Big 12 player.

Kansas State
Current Commits: Wallace Judge, Jordan Henriquez, Rodney McGruder, Nick Russell, Devon Peterson
After a somewhat weak recruiting class this past summer, Frank Martin finally made another stellar recruiting class. He brought a teammate of Michael Beasley’s AAU Team (D.C. Assault) to the list, Wally Judge. Ranked no. 18 in the nation, Wally is a strong power forward to add to the roster. After years without any inside presence, Manhattan will be home to Chester NY 7-footer Jordan Henriquez. He should be able to defend Big 12 posts and finally allow the Wildcat power forwards to play their true position instead of playing Center due to a lack of size. Rodney, Nick and Devon should load up the shooting guard position. If Terrence signs with Kansas State, he might cause a roster cluster with all the swingmen.

Current Commits: Junior Cadougan, Jeronne Maymon, Erik Williams, Brett Roseboro
Marquette has a very strong class with three players in the ESPN100. They hoped to make that four with Michael Snaer, but failed to sign the recruit and lost them to FSU. Terrence Boyd would just be the cherry on top for the golden eagles. Terrence would be a great fit for Marquette—a working class style basketball player with great size and strength to score in transition and half court sets.

Check out Terrence Boyd and the San Diego High School Cavers will be playing Fairfax High school on Jan. 23 on ESPN.

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  • ciolkstar

    Boyd has some decent handles as well. He doesnt look super fast but he looks like he knows how to use his size. Kinda got that BRoy thing working where if he’s even with you, he’s past you. Of course, those are high school kids in the clips. Pretty impressive though.

  • matt(ballislife

    Once Boyd hones in on his jumpshot, he could be very very dangerous. Also don’t forget the fact that Boyd can bang without notice. He’s extremely athletic but seems like he wants to improve and show out his game instead of just dunking on people. WE WANT A DUNK TERRENCE!!!

  • http://www.ballislife.com Arek

    Boyd! Lebron like player (note: I’m not sayin he’s the next Lebron, I’m saying he’s lebron like)

    uses his body and strength to get into the lane and score and he’s very good at it.. doesn’t have a reliable jump shot yet, but once he gets that he’s gonna be a real big problem

  • niQ

    nice crossover. can he pass?

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Nah that sh*t doesnt impress me. On at least 4 of the dribble drive moves he switches from an easy left handed bank shot to a double clutch right handed one. So that straight up tells me he can’t go left at will.
    That first kid who got beat, he was giving him the right. Bad defense on ball and the help slid to the bucket rather than to the ball. Must stop BALL.
    No way he’s 230 either. I give it 215. Max.
    The guy wants to cross his man up over and over and I get that. I do. When its an iso and you need a score but that particular sequence of dribbling doesnt actually achieve anything. Its meaningless. He has the same opportunities then as he did 4 seconds earlier to drive/shoot/pass the ball.
    No doubt that he’s a great player. no doubt at all. But to and say that this kid is awesome right now is a bit off I think.
    It’s the first I’ve seen of him and it was only a 1 minute highlight but c’mon. Show some versatility.
    Im not flat out ‘hating’ on the dude, but he might as well be like 250 other H.S players who are big, strong, athletic and are right-handed. What sets him apart? What makes him blue chip?

  • http://www.ballislife.com Arek

    Hursty.. we showed what we had.

    Dude is ranked top 50 in the nation btw.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Arek

    He just wasn’t playing to his full potential at that tourney

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Where have I heard that name Junior Cadougan before? Didn’t Slam do a piece on him awhile back?

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Well when Snaer was considering Marquette, I mentioned him in the breakdown.

  • http://www.myfreesport.com LexaB

    Nice handle, nice drive, but kinda down with Hursty comment. I gotta see more to be impressed!!!! And as always, thanks for the good post Justin ;)

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    LexaB, totally valid point. Terrence definitely play to his potential, but we gotta show what we got, as always. I think when he plays renardo sidney, you will be impressed with that. It’ll be on ESPN. january 23. save that date. Then we can revisit this and you’ll decide whether or not you believe the hype of his ranking.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    btw LexaB, look forward to another post later on today with a new write-up and video. Always appreciate your comments Lexa!

  • kev

    where is his left hand?

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    i dont know, i swear it was there the last time i looked below his left wrist, but apparently in the video convert, his left hand disappeared. It’s like he was born with a nub isn’t it?!

  • http://www.myfreesport.com LexaB

    I save the date for january 23rd !!! And already looking forward to your next post, always a pleasure !!!


    where is John Wall going?

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    undecided, sources say it’s between KU and NCSTATE.

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  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    BET wants him to go to NCState obviously.