Former Clinton High School star basketball player and Sampson County native Michael Boykin has signed his National Letter of Intent to play college basketball and attend college at Barton University in Wilson, NC next year.
Boykin spent his last two seasons of high school basketball playing alongside and against elite competition, while playing at a high level at Trinity Christian Academy in Fayetteville.
He averaged just under 9 points per game during his senior season, according to MaxPreps.
Boykin made his decision based on the relationship to the coaches and the distance from home.
“I like the fact that it is a little further from home,” he said. “It’ll give me a chance to really grow in a lot of ways. As for the coaching staff, I just hit it off with them initially. I have a great relationship with them and I have from the start. Barton has a rich pedigree and is strong in tradition when it comes to basketball and athletics, and that is something that really factored into my decision when I was deciding where I wanted to play next season.”
Michael’s father, Tim Boykin was needless to say proud of his son, for his hard work both on and off the the hardwood.
“His mother and I, we stress to him and to each of our children that academics is the absolute most important thing,” said Tim Boykin. “Michael works really hard in basketball, but works really hard when it comes to school work and his grades as well. He has a 3.9 GPA, and that is what we are most proud of. As for the basketball signing, we feel extremely blessed that he is able to play basketball at the next level. He has showed an interest in the game since the age of five and it was never pushed on him. When we really noticed his love for the game, we made an effort to get him in the gym when he needed and wanted to go, and it is so great to see that his hard work has really paid off.”
Michael went on to mention how he was excited for the opportunity that awaits him in Wilson.
“I am looking forward to it,” he said. “I want to see just what I am made of. I want to see myself put up against some of the best college basketball players at this level and see what I’ve got. I am excited to know that this experience is going to push me to the limit both academically and athletically, and with that, I will be able to better myself in every way.”
Bettering himself is something that his father, Tim, has noticed was a strong quality in Michael since day one when it came to basketball.
“That is the thing with him,” said Michael’s father. “He never gets content, and always works harder to get better. That is what it takes to be successful, and he’s proven that he is not afraid of hard work.”
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