Brandon Boston Jr.

American basketball player (born 2001)
Brandon Boston Jr.
Boston with the Los Angeles Clippers in 2022
No. 4 – Los Angeles Clippers
PositionShooting guard / small forward
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (2001-11-28) November 28, 2001 (age 22)
Norcross, Georgia, U.S.
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight188 lb (85 kg)
Career information
High school
  • Norcross
    (Norcross, Georgia)
  • Sierra Canyon
    (Chatsworth, California)
CollegeKentucky (2020–2021)
NBA draft2021: 2nd round, 51st overall pick
Selected by the Memphis Grizzlies
Playing career2021–present
Career history
2021–presentLos Angeles Clippers
20212024→Agua Caliente / Ontario Clippers
Career highlights and awards
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at NBA.com
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at Basketball-Reference.com

Brandon Elliot Boston Jr. (born November 28, 2001) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Kentucky Wildcats.

High school career

Boston originally attended Norcross High School in Norcross, Georgia before transferring to Sierra Canyon School in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Chatsworth in 2019. He played alongside LeBron James's son Bronny James and Dwyane Wade's son Zaire Wade.[1] In his final season at Norcross, he averaged 18.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.[2]

He was selected to play in the 2020 McDonald's All-American Boys Game. He was also selected to play in the 2020 Jordan Brand Classic.[3]

Recruiting

A five-star recruit, Boston committed to play college basketball at the University of Kentucky.[4][5]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Brandon Boston Jr.
SG
Norcross, GA Sierra Canyon School (CA) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Jul 27, 2019 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:5/5 stars   ESPN grade: 96
Overall recruiting rankings:   Rivals: 5  247Sports: 6  ESPN: 7
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "Kentucky 2020 Basketball Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved September 24, 2020.
  • "2020 Kentucky Wildcats Recruiting Class". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 24, 2020.
  • "2020 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved September 24, 2020.

College career

In his college debut on November 25, 2020, Boston posted 15 points and seven rebounds in an 81–45 win over Morehead State.[6] He scored 21 points in the season finale win against South Carolina. As a freshman, he averaged 11.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. On March 20, 2021, Boston declared for the 2021 NBA draft, forgoing his remaining college eligibility.[7]

Professional career

Los Angeles Clippers (2021–present)

Boston was selected in the second round of the 2021 NBA draft with the 51st pick by the Memphis Grizzlies, then traded to the Los Angeles Clippers via the New Orleans Pelicans.[8][9]

Boston was assigned to the Clippers' NBA G League affiliate, the Agua Caliente Clippers, for their G League season-opener. Boston helped the since-relocated Ontario Clippers win the G League Winter Showcase championship in 2022, earning Showcase Cup MVP honors after scoring 21 points in the final.[10]

Career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

NBA

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2021–22 L.A. Clippers 51 0 14.9 .385 .306 .819 2.2 1.0 .5 .3 6.7
2022–23 L.A. Clippers 22 1 11.3 .418 .414 .763 1.4 .9 .4 .0 6.5
Career 73 1 13.8 .394 .329 .800 1.9 1.0 .5 .2 6.7

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2023 L.A. Clippers 1 0 1.0 .0 .0 .0 .0 .0
Career 1 0 1.0 .0 .0 .0 .0 .0

College

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2020–21 Kentucky 25 24 30.3 .355 .300 .785 4.5 1.6 1.3 .2 11.5

Personal life

After a workout with Kentucky teammate Terrence Clarke on April 22, 2021, Clarke was involved in a car crash in Los Angeles, California.[11] Clarke, driving by himself, was killed while Boston, in the car behind of Clarke, witnessed the crash.[12][13]

He also keeps a dollar bill in his shoe during games.[14]

References

  1. ^ Fattal, Tarek (July 19, 2019). "Sierra Canyon basketball adds second 5-star recruit in less than 24 hours, BJ Boston from Georgia". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved February 21, 2020.
  2. ^ "Norcross 5-star Brandon Boston joining star-studded LA powerhouse Sierra Canyon".[dead link]
  3. ^ Roberts, Ben (February 14, 2020). "Jordan Brand Classic rosters are out. How many Kentucky basketball recruits made it?". Lexington Herald Leader. Retrieved February 21, 2020.
  4. ^ Borzello, Jeff (July 27, 2019). "Kentucky lands Boston, No. 7 recruit for 2020". ESPN.com. Retrieved November 11, 2023.
  5. ^ Media, Field Level (27 July 2019). "Kentucky lands five-star guard, former Norcross star Brandon Boston". Gwinnett Daily Post.
  6. ^ "No. 10 Kentucky rolls past Morehead State 81-45 in opener". ESPN. November 26, 2020. Retrieved June 18, 2021.
  7. ^ Borzello, Jeff (March 20, 2021). "Kentucky's Brandon Boston Jr. becomes third Wildcat to declare for NBA draft". ESPN. Retrieved June 23, 2021.
  8. ^ "Pelicans acquire Valančiūnas and Graham in three-team trade with Grizzlies and Hornets". NBA.com. August 7, 2021. Retrieved November 11, 2023.
  9. ^ "Pelicans complete trade with Clippers". NBA.com. August 7, 2021. Retrieved November 11, 2023.
  10. ^ Irving, Kyle (December 23, 2022). "2022 G League Winter Showcase roundup: Results, stats, top performances, prize money from tournament". Sporting News. Retrieved December 23, 2022.
  11. ^ "Sources: UK men's basketball player Terrence Clarke dies in Los Angeles". WKYT. April 23, 2021. Retrieved November 11, 2023.
  12. ^ Farner, Keith (April 22, 2021). "Kentucky's Terrence Clarke reportedly involved in fatal crash in Los Angeles". Saturday Down South. Retrieved November 11, 2023.
  13. ^ McBride, Jessica (2021-04-23). "Video Shows Terrence Clarke Fatal Car Crash Scene". Heavy.com. Retrieved 2021-10-18.
  14. ^ Thompson, Tyler, Mrs. (November 6, 2020). "Why BJ Boston keeps a dollar in his shoe during games". on3.com. Retrieved November 11, 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)

External links

  • Kentucky Wildcats bio
  • Sierra Canyon Trailblazers bio
  • USA Basketball bio
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