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Posted On: 02/17/18 8:27 AM
At 6’5”, Columbus Academy’s Chris Boyle (2019) has the size, skill, and athleticism of a modern-day combo forward, and is being recruited by several D-II and NAIA programs.
“So far, I’ve been in contact with Holy Cross. Ashland has been talking to me a little bit, and Wheeling Jesuit. Those are the main three so far,” Boyle said.
Ohio Dominican, Rochester, and Hamilton have also reached out to the Columbus Academy junior. However, those first three schools mentioned are in frequent communication.
“I have visited Ashland and I’m looking forward to visiting Holy Cross this spring,” Boyle said.
Any program hoping to appeal to Boyle should prioritize academics in their sales pitch.
“It’s got to be a really good educational school.” Boyle continued, “Business finance is what I want to go into … Both of my parents are involved in business stuff. My dad is a business man, so I’ve just always seen myself following in my dad’s shoes.”
Boyle has a 3.5 GPA and is looking to improve his ACT score going forward, playfully deeming his first attempt a “dry run.”
At this point in his development, Boyle is a rather athletic stretch-4.
“At my school right now, I’m playing like the 5 position. But I’m also on the perimeter a lot. So I call myself like a stretch-wing, maybe stretch-4. But in AAU it’s different because I’m playing wing. In college ball, I probably see myself playing the 2 or 3 spot,” Boyle explained.
With rebounding and strength being two of Boyle’s advantages at the high school level, he’s best suited to be around the rim for a 17-4 team at Columbus Academy. But it’s his athleticism that gives him upside as a wing player.
“Last summer, I probably had to guard positions from 2 to 5. I’m comfortable guarding guards or bigs,” Boyle said.
He’s shooting the triple around 38 percent for Columbus Academy this season. Going forward, he’s looking to develop offensive skills that compliment that jumper.
“Definitely my ball-handling, it’s not bad but the thing I need to work on more is my ability to slash to the basket and make my game more versatile. And then probably my quickness. Those are the two things I’m trying to work on this summer,” Boyle said.
Before his summer with Miller Factory, Boyle still has business to handle in the postseason with a team that has showed promise this season. Besides his 10-11 points and 8 rebounds a night, Boyle has also enjoyed the chemistry they’ve played with this season at Columbus Academy.
“This season, the big difference is we’re playing together more than we did last year. No one is really trying to do their thing. We’re playing as one unit. We playing together, especially on our defense,” Boyle said.
Boyle was held to just seven points in a loss to Whitehall last night, their season finale. They open the postseason on Feb. 26 against North Union.