Boogie Fland has been out of high school for months, but has readied herself to exhaustion all spring and summer.
“I wanted to be more of a student of the sport,” Fland says. “It’s one of the areas I’ve really focused on this summer, so there really was no time for me.”
Such is the life of one of the nation’s top high school hoops prospects. Fland, a 6’3″ point guard, spent countless hours each week studying the film, understanding how to break down its strengths and weaknesses and preparing and executing scouting reports.
“They did a great job in that,” says Terence “Munch” Williams, director/coach of the PSA Cardinals (NY) of Fland. “He is looking at the game on a different level now, and what really sets him apart is just the concept of winning.
“He’s not a kid who’s just playing for stats, and he plays on both ends of the court at a high level. He’s constantly taking the game as someone who wants to play the game correctly all the time.” tries and that is what will help him the most now and in the future.”
That approach translated into the most productive summer of Fland’s career. He averaged 17 points, five rebounds, and five assists for the PSA Cardinals in the Nike EYBL, widely considered the gruesome summer circuit in the world.
His stellar summer culminated on his 16th birthday on July 10, when he helped USA Basketball’s U17 team beat hosts Spain in the FIBA U-17 Basketball World Cup to clinch a gold medal, 79,67. As one of the youngest members on the team, Fland often served as a spark off the bench, defending the opposing team’s best guard.
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“It’s a moment I’ll remember for the rest of my life,” says Fland, who averaged 4.6 points, 2.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.1 steals a game for Team USA. “I mean winning gold on my birthday was just crazy. I feel like I’ve grown so much through the whole summer. There were ups and downs, but I’m proud to say that I tried my best and I tried to do everything I could.”
Fland’s tireless effort made him an object of the top colleges in Kentucky, Michigan, Oregon, and Kansas, as well as many others who were all chasing it. On Monday, Fland took an offer from Auburn, and his latest offer came from North Carolina on Tuesday.
“I’m taking it all right now,” Fland says. “They have great offers and great programs, so being in this position is just a blessing.”
Fland has taken an unofficial tour of St. Johns and Connecticut, but has yet to make an official visit, a scenario that could change later this month.
“I’m going to try and set up some visits later in August,” Fland says. “I’m dependent on my coach for that, so we’ll see. I’m excited to start the official tours though. I know that’s when you’ll get the full treatment. You get a sense on an informal one, but you get all that Gets to see what you need to see on the official. I’ll make a good number of visits because I want to see everything. I’m in no rush.”
Fland doesn’t buy into the growing backchannel whispers in the recruiting world that, as an underclassman, he must make quick decisions to secure his spot as the transfer portal continues to grow in popularity and talent.
“Whatever school you choose, there are always going to be talented players,” says Fland. “There are always people out there with more experience, so it’s all about earning your stripes and minutes. Look, I’m different, I want to earn whatever I get. That’s what I think. I I never want to be given anything. I will work for it. I am not afraid to take my time with this process. I want to make the best decisions and it takes time.”
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