Kentucky freshman guard BJ Boston has struggled through the first twelve games of his collegiate career.
Boston is averaging 12.1 points per game, but his shooting percentage is too low for that to be an efficient number.
Overall, Boston has connected on 50-of-144 attempts this season, including 7-of-40 from three-point range. Percentage-wise, he is shooting 34.7 percent from the field and 17.5 percent from three.
John Calipari spoke about Boston’s struggles while previewing the matchup with Georgia on Tuesday, saying the former five-star needs to focus on creating better habits.
“Well, the competition is different, so you’re not playing now against high school players. You’re playing against somebody who is three years older than you, more physical, more trained,” Calipari said. “He had no summer here. The fall was, might as well throw it out. And so now you just start playing basketball, and what you do, the habits you need to create, he really hasn’t created yet.
“..The ability to draw fouls versus avoid contact and flip balls. Which one are you seeing right now? The ability to get the ball by the man, which you can do, or, ‘I’m going to play with the ball.’ All of those kinds of habits that he’s got to have different habits. ‘I’m a downhill runner. I’m a free-throw drawing beast. I don’t have to be strong, but I’m drawing free throws.’ And then, really consistent in how you train so that when you walk in the game, it’s the same. It’s just taken him more time, and we’ve given a lot of room to go. He’s scoring points, but they’re not in an efficient way. I haven’t given up on him. But he’s not playing the way he needs to play for himself or for us to win ballgames.”
Despite the struggles, Boston is continuing to work on his game in hopes of a breakthrough performance. Will it come on the road Wednesday night vs. the Georgia Bulldogs?
Kentucky and Georgia will tip-off at 7 p.m. ET in Athens with coverage on the SEC Network.
BJ Boston was in the gym until 2:10 AM last night putting in work 😤
“Whatever come wit it, I want it.” pic.twitter.com/jG6gVmKn5q
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