By Carl Adamec
Before De’Janae Boykin started taking her official recruiting visits this month, she and her father came up with a plan.
“We decided after she came home from a weekend visit that we would talk about it that Monday night,” Jeff Boykin said. “So we’ll talk tonight and I’ll know more of what she is thinking.”
De’Janae Boykin, a 6-foot-3 junior forward from Springdale, Md., wrapped up her visit to the University of Connecticut Sunday. The previous week she made an official visit to Penn State. North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia round out her top five.
Boykin attended the Huskies’ game at Maryland Nov. 15 and their game against Louisville at Gampel Pavilion Feb. 9.
Morgan Tuck was her host at UConn for her official visit.
“I know D really enjoyed it,” Jeff Boykin said.
De’Janae Boykin averaged 21.1 points, 15.8 rebounds, 7.1 assists, 3.2 steals and 3.0 blocks per game this past season for C.H. Flowers High, leading the Jaguars (17-2) to the Class 4A South Region semifinals. She was the Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year and recorded 17 double-doubles in 19 games, including four games with at least 20 points and 20 rebounds.
She was a member of the United States U-16 national team in 2013, and averaged 8.4 points and 7.6 rebounds as Team USA won the gold medal at the FIBA Americas U-16 tournament. She will attend the U-17 trials in Colorado Springs being held May 22-26. Then May 30-June 1, she will take part in USA Basketball’s 3×3 U-18 national championship tournament at the United States Olympic Training Center. Her teammates will be Katie Lou Samuelson (6-3 wing, Huntington Beach, Calif.), Napheesa Collier (6-1 forward, St. Louis, Mo.), and Arike Ogunbowale (5-9 guard, Milwaukee). Samuelson and Ogunbowale were on the 3×3 United States team that won gold a year ago at the U-18 world championships in Indonesia.
Samuelson and Collier also visited UConn this weekend with Collier making an oral commitment on Sunday.
Next for Boykin is the Boo Williams Invitational this weekend.