Posted: 5:11 PM Feb 27, 2009
Last Updated: 5:11 PM Feb 27, 2009
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Western Kentucky University head coach Ken McDonald has reportedly landed the Hilltoppers' biggest recruit in quite some time.
Evan Daniels of Scout.com and Jason Stamm of InsideHilltopperSports.com both report Terrence Boyd, a 6-5 forward from San Diego, has cast his lot with the Hilltoppers.
As of 5:00 Friday afternoon, Boyd hadn't returned a call to his cell phone seeking confirmation.
If true, Boyd would go down as one of the highest-ranked recruits in recent memory for WKU.
Rivals.com rates Boyd as a four-star athlete and ranks him 50th overall in the class of 2009 (ninth among small forwards), while he's 54th in the ESPNU100 (14th among shooting guards) and Scout.com has him listed as a four-star recruit, ranking him 82nd best overall (18th among small forwards).
Boyd's commitment doesn't come without some issues, however - he hasn't played high school basketball since his sophomore season because of transfer issues.
Boyd played as a freshman at Norman (Okla.) High School, then at nationally-renowned Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va. as a sophomore. He attempted to return to Norman for his junior season, but was ruled ineligible and was also ruled ineligible this year at San Diego (Calif.) High School.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reported Boyd was ruled ineligible in Oklahoma because of "improper monetary benefits from a third party" he received while at Oak Hill and was ruled ineligible in San Diego because an associate of San Diego coach Kenny Roy helped provide Boyd's mother with rent and a security deposit to live in a condominium in downtown San Diego. Boyd was unsuccessful in multiple appeals to play in San Diego.
Still, his basketball evaluations have been very good. ESPN Scouts, Inc. called him "a strong and athletic wing guard" and "a beast in transition where his his strength and athleticism are unstoppable." That service gave him an overall grade of 92, which according to the service means Boyd is a "rare prospect" and "has all the skills to take over a game and could be an impact player as a true freshman."
Boyd would be the fifth commitment in WKU's 2009 class, joining Vestavia Hills (Ala.) forward Jordan Swing, Orlando (Fla.) forward William Green, Argyle (Texas) guard Caden Dickerson and Newark (N.J.) forward David Laury.