Yesterday, head basketball coach Mike Boynton extended a scholarship offer to 5 star 2022 SG Dariq Whitehead. As a member of Montverde Academy Eagles, Whitehead is a high school teammate of current Cowboy commit Cade Cunningham, who was obviously pleased about the offer:
At face value, this is a no-brainer decision for Boynton and co. Offering a scholarship to a 5 star athlete is something every school wanting to compete for championships does on a regular basis. But there’s another layer to this story that I feel is very important.
In an interview with 247Sports, Caleb Love, a 2020 PG and North Carolina commit, described how the coaching staff there used the example of current Tarheel Cole Anthony to help sell Love on the prospect of coming to Chapel Hill.
“They want me to come in right after Cole [Anthony], since they believe Cole is going to be a one and done, they want me to be the same way, just lead that team and be that point guard for them, making plays for others and creating plays for myself”
Sound like something Mike Boynton could say as well?
Statements like that represent the kind of effect securing elite talent can do for your program’s recruiting efforts. The impact of Cade’s commitment will be felt for many years after he has most likely been drafted #1 in the 2021 NBA Draft and becomes a perennial All-Star and MVP candidate (okay, maybe that’s a little presumptuous). If he’s able and willing to help recruit other elite players to choose the Pokes over blue-bloods, that’s a dream scenario for Cowboy fans.
I remember writing about this very thing earlier when Cade was considering OSU and then again when he actually committed: landing the #2 overall player in the country is a big deal. His potential success not only in college but at the next level gives Mike Boynton a shining example to future recruits of what the Cowboys can offer them.
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