Posted On: 10/22/18 1:23 PM
The Class of 2021 in the state of Oregon is loaded with talented players and at point guard, Nic Boyd has definitely shown some potential. The heady 5-foot-10, 155-pound sophomore from La Salle High School ran with Nike Team Northwest 15 U this past summer, and while there were some challenges along the way, Boyd felt it was valuable experience for himself and his game.
“We lost a couple of players which hurt us but it helped us play better as a group because we had to get used to the guys coming up,” Boyd said. “It was a big step for me because I had to step up. I didn’t have to do as much as before, but when (those guys) left the team I had to step up and lead more. It helped me improve as a player.”
We caught Boyd in a recent workout with Hoop Dreams Basketball and he was very effective as a floor leader, often making the right pass to the open man. He noted what areas he’s continuing to work on. “I’ve been working on my defense and my quickness so I can stay in front of better players,” Boyd said. “We’ve gone against some really good guards so I’ve had to stay up in front of them.”
It’s a little early in the recruiting process for Boyd, who has gotten a close look at the process with older brother Alex’s recruitment. Like most other young players, Division I is definitely the dream but at this point, he’s keeping everything open. “I’m just trying to look for a college that can fit well with how I play,” Boyd said. “I also want to try and fit in with how they play.”
With the next level a few years away, Boyd is honed in on his sophomore season, one in which he feels has the potential to be special. “I’m looking forward to it,” Boyd said. “We had a struggle last year because we had a new varsity roster, but this year we didn’t really have many people who have left. So we’re going to be good and we’re hoping to go all the way.”