Q-and-A with Miles Boykin, Providence basketball
March 12, 2013 7:30PM
Miles Boykin, of Providence. | Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 6, 2013 4:32PM
The two-sport star excelled on the basketball court as much as he did on the football field in the fall. At 6-foot-5, Boykin was a power in the post and averaged 13.1 points, 9.1 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 2.0 assists, and shot 54 percent from the field. Boykin said the spring and summer are crucial to his development in both sports as he tries to get interest from colleges and perhaps take the first step in moving his basketball career forward to the next level.
Out of both sports, what was your athletic highlight this year?
Winning the first back-to-back regional (basketball) championship in 14 years. We were the first group to do that in so long.
What did that title run mean?
It was great giving something like that to the seniors, because it was what they wanted. It wasn’t all me, but it was all my teammates working toward that, too.
What’s up for the offseason?
I’m going to play AAU basketball and do offseason training for football: speed workouts and weights.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Probably somewhere in Europe, because it seems so foreign. There’s a lot there you can learn about.
Aside from football and basketball, is there another sport you’d like to try some day?
Volleyball, because I think I could spike the ball pretty good.
You’ve had an injury — a broken toe freshman year — that kept you out of some games. How can you sympathize with what Bulls guard Derrick Rose is going through now as we wait for his return?
You could be cleared by a doctor, and not be mentally ready to play. If he’s not confident enough right now, why come back? I’m sure he’s still out because he just doesn’t want to get hurt again.
As told to Tina Akouris