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Boatright liking look of Connecticut

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It would appear Ryan Boatright's recruiting trip to the University of Connecticut is going well. Check out this report from Hartford Courant sportswriter Mike Anthony, who covers the Huskies.

UConn, UNLV visits next for Boatright

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Ryan Boatright, who committed to West Virginia last week then decommitted four days later, will hit the road again this weekend. He's traveling to the University of Connecticut for an official visit.

He'll also attend the UConn football game against visiting West Virginia. Last month, on his official visit to West Virginia, he saw the Mountaineers dismantle the UNLV football team.

Next weekend, Boatright plans to make an official visit to Las Vegas with UNLV and coach Lon Kruger.

UConn is currently under investigation by the NCAA, School officials are hoping self-imposed sanctions it took against itself a couple weeks ago after an in-house probe, will satisfy the governing body. Those measures include reducing its basketball scholarships by one for the next two years and restricting recruiting contact by its assistant coaches.

UConn coach Jim Calhoun has admitted "mistakes were made" but denies being a cheater.

UConn, UNLV visits next for Boatright

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Ryan Boatright, who committed to West Virginia last week then decommitted four days later, will hit the road again this weekend. He's traveling to the University of Connecticut for an official visit.

He'll also attend the UConn football game against visiting West Virginia.

The following week, Boatright has scheduled a trip to Las Vegas for an official visit with UNLV and coach Lon Kruger.

UConn is currently under investigation by the NCAA, School officials are hoping self-imposed sanctions it took against itself a couple weeks ago after an in-house probe, will satisfy the governing body. Those measures include reducing its basketball scholarships by one for the next two years and restricting recruiting contact by its assistant coaches.

UConn coach Jim Calhoun has admitted "mistakes were made" but denies being a cheater.

Boatright back on recruiting trail

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East Aurora's Ryan Boatright and his mother Tanesha are leaving observers to come to their own conclusions when it comes to his reasons for decommitting from West Virginia.

"I will leave it as he decommitted with no other comment, that's the best route to go," Tanesha Boatright said Saturday morning when contacted by the Beacon News. "We have nothing bad to say about Coach Huggins or West Virginia and wish him and the school well."

Ryan Boatright was taking the ACT test and unavailable for comment.

It appears Boatright wants to be the only point guard recruit in the class for whichever school he chooses to attend. The 5-foot-10 senior, who is ranked 11th in the class of 2011 at the position by rivals.com, decided to decommit four days after announcing he had chosen the Mountaineers.

At the time, he said he had narrowed his choices to West Virginia and Providence College, another Big East Conference school.

The day after Boatright made his choice known, Huggins received a verbal commitment from another point guard, 6-1 Jabarie Hinds of Mt. Vernon, N.Y. Hinds, according to a blog we saw, said he was looking forward to playing alongside Boatright in the WVU backcourt at some point with one of them handling the shooting guard role.

Tanesha Boatright said her son "will be making some more visits. We do have other offers."

She said that UNLV, Oklahoma and Connecticut are among the schools still in the mix and added that Providence and coach Keno Davis are still interested. Connecticut, according to published reports, was also in the hunt for Hinds before he made his choice known.

Will 'Snoop' be in the loop?

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Now that Ryan Boatright has verbally committed to West Virginia ... who's next from the Beacon News circulation area?

Keep an eye on Boatright's teammate and best friend, Letrell "Snoop" Viser. He averaged 18 points-per-game last season and the Tomcats need a big year out of him to complement Boatright and make up for their lack of inside scoring power. Word is Central Florida may be interested. We'll keep you posted.

Boatright, "Big Mike" may not end up together

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Michael Chandler, a 6-10 post player out of Indianapolis, has joined East Aurora's Ryan Boatright the past two weekends in making official visits to West Virginia and Providence College.

Boatright and Chandler, who he calls "Big Mike," have become fast friend the past two years while playing for the Derrick Rose All-Stars, coach by the NBA player's older brother Reggie, on the AAU circuit. They played together this spring on a USA Basketball team that competed in the Albert Schweitzer Cup tourney in Germany and on a U.S. 2011 team that played in the adidasnation tournament in August in Chicago.

This weekend, Chandler is expected to make his third straight official visit, traveling south down Interstate 65 to Cincinnati to Xavier University.

Boatright announced he had verbally committed to Bob Huggins and West Virginia on Monday.

Many observers have thought Chandler and Boatright could be a package deal, but I wouldn't count on it. Chandler may want to stay closer to home, which could be very good news for Xavier.

By Rick Armstrong

The kid has always had a flair for the dramatic on the basketball court.

Anyone who saw him score 45 points to lead his East Aurora basketball team to a regional championship upset of Neuqua Valley in overtime last March knows that about Ryan Boatright.

Apparently those talents aren't limited to athletics, as 31 members of his family and this Beacon-News reporter found out Sunday evening.

We were invited by his mother Tanesha to their home on Watson Street on Aurora's east side for dinner and "the decision." She and Ryan had returned from an official visit to Providence College in Rhode Island earlier that afternoon.

He would be deciding between a scholarship offer to play for the Friars and West Virginia, where they had visited the previous week.

On hand were his great grandmother, 80-year-old Loraine Bedford; grandparents Tom and Linda Boatright as well as four aunts, Katrina Boatright-Smith, Lakeya Poston, Tenille Boatright and Tominque Boatright along with a bunch of cousins.

He had everyone gather in the living room then entered wearing a Miami Univeristy hat and black-and-white loosefitting hoody. Everyone knew the hat was a ruse. Even though the Hurricanes had long been in the mix recruiting him, they had cooled after receiving a verbal commitment from another high-profile point guard the previous week.

Declaring, "You know I gotta score, I've gotta have the ball," Boatright unzipped the sweatshirt to reveal a black Providence T-shirt with his name on the back.

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