MC men’s basketball forward Brandon Boston has developed into one of the best players in program history. He keeps moving up the all-time scoring and rebounding list at MC (currently at 1,096 career points which puts him under 100 points away from the top 10 all-time and is roughly 50 rebounds away from the top 10 in MC history), he was named 1st-team All-GSC West Division and was named to an All-South district team this past year. He was also named as a GSC Player of the Week this year.
Boston credits his father for getting him into basketball and developing his love for the game: “Really, it was my dad. My dad put a ball in my hands at a young age. He’s really groomed me since I was really young. He started coaching me when I was little, shooting around outside, that kind of thing. He really helped me develop the love I have for it today.”
Then when he was in high school at Pearl High School, it became time for his recruitment. Boston credits some of the players already on the roster as the biggest ones who contributed to his decision to attend MC: “I talked to Coach Brooks a lot. I talked to Coach Lofton a lot. I took a visit and really enjoyed the environment. I got to meet some of the guys that were already here such as Stacey Mack and Xavion Dillon, they really convinced me to come.”
Boston arrived as a promising freshman in 2016 where he played mostly off the bench in 26 games for the Choctaws his freshman season, but was a key reserve player as he averaged 8 points and 4 rebounds per game. He then really burst onto the scene in his sophomore season in 2017-2018 when he became a starter and averaged 14.6 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. As a junior, he put up very similar stats, going for 15 points and 6.2 boards per game.
Then, in what was supposed to be his final season in 2019-2020, he was injured in the opening game for the Choctaws, and ended up missing the remainder of the season. He ended up using the year as a redshirt year. He returned for his fifth year which isn’t abnormal, but as we know this season was anything but normal. MC played a division-only schedule this year, and only ended up playing eight games due to COVID-19 protocols, but Boston still shined in the shortened season. He led the conference in points per game, going for 20.3 per game, while also adding 5.1 rebounds per game. Those were good enough to earn him spots on the All-GSC West Division and the NABC All-South district teams.
That recognition he began to receive this season does not come as a surprise to Boston: “It feels good. I wasn’t really surprised by any of it I guess because I know the work I put in. I work hard. Those long days in the summer in the gym by myself really helped me show what I can do. I’m glad I finally got to get recognition for all the work I put in.”
Boston’s head coach for the past two seasons, Mike Jones, credits Boston for what he has done on and off the court for MC: “Brandon’s been here since he was a freshman. He has always been a great person. He’s a good student. He means a great deal to this institution, not just because of basketball, but because of the kind of person he is. He’s a great basketball player–all-conference player, leading scorer in the league this year.”
Boston has really seen how much he has developed while at MC: “I developed a lot. I was really surprised, I never saw myself in the position I am now. The guys that I mentioned before really helped me grow into the guy I am now. They really helped me develop and changed my mindset, become more determined and showed me how to work hard.”
In terms of who has helped him in that development, Boston said it is a mix of his coaches and former teammates: “Coach Jones really helped get me here and develop my game. Coach Lofton and Coach Brooks. But I would say the people that helped me the most were my teammates. People like Stacey [Mack], people like Xavion [Dillon] and Byron [McCall], and those guys that I was with in my younger years really helped me develop.”
One of the signature moves in Boston’s deep offensive arsenal is his mid-range jumper (a shot that is uncommon in today’s game). Boston says he developed his mid-range shot after watching NBA star Carmelo Anthony growing up: “One of my favorite players is Carmelo Anthony. I grew up watching him. That’s really a big part of his game. I see a lot of similarities in our game. I just try to take what he does and implement it into my game.”
In terms of his style of play, Jones and Boston have similar views on it. Jones said, “He’s the kind of guy that can score on anybody, he’s a great athlete and he loves to play the game of basketball…He’s explosive and hard to guard.” Boston described his game simply as “versatile.”
Overall, Boston is currently sitting at 13 points and 5.6 rebounds per game over his career on 52.3% shooting from the field. Looking forward, Boston has the option to return to MC for a sixth season if he chooses due to the blanket extra year of eligibility given to all winter sport athletes by the NCAA due to how much this season was affected by Covid.