Travel basketball season a valuable grind for area stars

Lake Forest’s Evan Boudreaux runs through a group of cheerleaders before a game against Zion-Benton last season. | Mark Ukena| for Sun-Times Media

Lake Forest senior-to-be Evan Boudreaux played at the Division I AAU Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky, last weekend.

The weekend before, he and his AAU team Next Level Performance participated in the NY2LA Sports Summer Jam tournament. When the 6-foot-8 power forward heads home from Kentucky, it will mark the end of an almost four-month tour that might have tired even the most road-hardened rock bands. Since the beginning of April, Boudreaux has played in 10 AAU tournaments in five different states.

Boudreaux admits it’s a grind. But at every stop, he’s had the opportunity to compete against some of the most highly recruited prospects in the country. “For me, the biggest thing I’ve learned is the fact I can play with those guys. Those guys who say they are great, I know I can beat them and play better,” Boudreaux said.

Boudreaux has received 12 scholarship offers, most notably from Iowa, Iowa State and DePaul. NCAA rules limit contact between players and college coaches at tournaments like this weekend’s AAU Nationals to a wave or a greeting, but during down time on the road, Boudreaux said he and his teammates talk often about the texts or calls they receive from interested coaches. That interaction occurs in between tournaments.

[Read the entire article at High School Cube News]

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