Jamal Boykin Transfers to Cal from Duke

Jan. 8, 2007

BERKELEY - Jamal Boykin, a 6-7, 230-pound forward who was the California state Player of the Year as a high school senior, will transfer to the University of California from Duke University, Golden Bear head coach Ben Braun announced Monday.

Boykin will enroll for the spring semester when it begins next week and will become eligible to play one day after the completion of fall 2007 final exams.

'We are very pleased to have a player of Jamal's ability and character join our program,' Braun said. 'I was impressed with Jamal out of high school. He brings a lot of intensity and energy to the game, and is an extremely hard worker in the post. Jamal is also already familiar with a number of Cal players, having played with them at the high school, AAU and summer camp levels.'

Boykin played in 26 games as a freshman at Duke in 2005-06, helping the Blue Devils to a 32-4 record and a berth in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. He averaged 1.0 ppg and 0.8 rpg, shooting 47.1 percent from the floor (8-17) and 90.0 percent from the free throw line (9-10). He set career highs against Valparaiso with six points and six rebounds.

'It's great to be a California Bear under coach Braun, a coach who I believe in and I feel believes in me,' Boykin said. 'I'm look forward to continuing to build a great team with the players and coaches at Cal.'

Boykin played in just three games this past November for Duke, scoring four points and grabbing 12 rebounds in 30 minutes of action, before being sidelined with a severe case of mononucleosis. Cal intends to apply for a medical hardship waiver this spring to enable Boykin, who is still recovering from his illness and has not been cleared to practice, to retain his sophomore status for the 2007-08 campaign.

As a high school star at Fairfax High School in Los Angeles, Boykin was named the 2005 Gatorade State Player of the Year when he averaged 22 points, 12 rebounds, four blocks and five assists per game. Also a third-team Parade All-American, he was the John Wooden Award winner as the Los Angeles Player of the Year.

A three-time all-city selection for Los Angeles, Boykin was selected the California Junior of the Year in 2004 after contributing 19.5 ppg and 11.4 rpg and shooting 76.6 percent from the floor while leading Fairfax to the state championship. In addition, he had 103 assists, 97 blocks and 63 steals that season.

Boykin comes from an athletic family, as his brother, Ruben Jr., is a senior forward at Northern Arizona and was a first-team All-Big Sky selection last year, and his sister, Serena, was a four-year member of the Long Beach State track & field team where she specialized in the shot put.

While still in high school, Boykin played on the same AAU team as Cal sophomore center Jordan Wilkes and was a teammate of junior forward Eric Vierneisel at a summer Nike camp. He also comes from the same high school as former Bear forward Joe Shipp, who finished his Cal career in 2003 as the school's third-leading all-time scorer.

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