Looking to make a jump and increase his minutes this season ... should be ready to assume a more prominent role on this year’s team ... a mature young man whose basketball passion has made him a crowd favorite at Duke ... active in Duke’s award-winning Verizon Read with the Blue Devils, a community outreach reading program in the Durham school district ... also was a featured speaker at the school’s Junior Blue Devil Club Day presented to kids between the ages of 1-16 ... his speech to that group focused on why he chose Duke and the importance of reading and doing homework at an early age.
Played 70 minutes in 26 games ... averaged 1.0 points and 0.8 rebounds ... registered two assists, four blocked shots and two steals as a freshman ... shot an impressive .471 from the field (8-of-17) and .900 from the free throw line (9-of-10) ... made an appearance against No. 19 LSU in the NCAA Sweet 16 (3/23) ... played two minutes against Southern (3/16) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament ... made an appearance against Wake Forest (3/11) in the ACC Semifinals ... scored two points and grabbed one rebound against Miami (3/10) in the ACC Quarterfinals ... recorded one blocked shot against No. 13 North Carolina (3/4) ... saw one minute of action against Florida State (3/1) ... pulled down one rebound against Miami (2/19) ... tallied one rebound and one steal in four minutes against Wake Forest (2/14) ... made an appearance against Maryland (2/11) ... played one minute against Florida State (2/4) ... recorded one blocked shot in two minutes against Virginia (1/28) ... pulled down one rebound in one minute of action against Virginia Tech (1/26) ... recorded two points and one rebound in one minute of action against Georgetown (1/21) ... saw limited action against No. 14 N.C. State (1/18) ... scored two points in one minute of action against Clemson (1/14) ... played two minutes with one rebound against No. 23 Maryland (1/11) ... saw one minute of action against No. 23 Wake Forest (1/8) ... blocked a shot and made one free throw against Bucknell (1/2) ... scored four points on four free throws with three rebounds against UNC Greensboro (12/31) ... grabbed one rebound in five minutes against St. John’s (12/21) ... played eight minutes with six points, six rebounds, one assist and one blocked shot against Valparaiso (12/18) ... scored four points on 1-of-2 shooting with a rebound in two minutes against No. 2 Texas (12/10) ... recorded one steal in two minutes against Pennsylvania (12/7) ... played one minute with one rebound in the conference opener against Virginia Tech (12/4) ... saw one minute of action against Drexel in the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off (11/23) ... played eight minutes against Seton Hall in the NIT Season Tip-Off (11/16) for his collegiate debut ... shot 2-of-6 from the field for four points and grabbed two offensive rebounds.
Named the 2005 Gatorade State Player of the Year in California after averaging 22 points, 12 rebounds, four blocked shots and five assists for Fairfax High School ... Parade third team All-America in 2005 ... John Wooden Award winner as a senior for the city Player of the Year in Los Angeles ... three-time all-city selection ... Street and Smith third team All-America as a junior ... earned California High School Sports Junior Player of the Year honors ... shot .766 from the field and averaged 19.5 points and 11.4 rebounds per game while leading Fairfax to the California state championship in 2004 ... also had 103 assists, 97 blocked shots and 63 steals as a junior ... named state Sophomore Player of the Year after registering 16 points and 10 rebounds per game ... rated as the country’s 108th-best prospect overall and 24th-ranked small forward by Rivals.com ... listed 88th overall and No. 20 among power forwards by Scout.com.
Born Jamal Thomas Boykin on April 27, 1987, in Los Angeles, Calif. ... father, Ruben Sr., is a salesman, and mother, Mary, is a high school English teacher ... older brother, Ruben Jr., is a senior basketball player for Northern Arizona University ... last season, his brother earned All-Big Sky first team recognition after averaging 13.3 points per game ... also has two older sisters, Desi and Serena ... Serena was a four-year member of the Long Beach State track team, throwing the shot put ... was a member of the Principal’s Honor Roll ... won the School Spirit Award and Principal Award ... skipped the Bob Gibbons AAU Tournament, hosted in the Triangle, in 2004 because he was playing the lead role in a school play ... enjoys painting, drawing, preaching and acting ... favorite athletes are LeBron James and Michael Jordan.