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.