Boudreaux steals show for Lake Forest
Lake Forest's Evan Boudreaux drives to the basket during a game against Glenbrook North. | Patrick Gleason~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 30, 2012 3:04PM
SKOKIE — Glenbrook North coach Dave Weber called Lake Forest’s Sam Downey the difference in his Glenbrook North’s 57-52 loss to the Scouts at Niles West’s Thanksgiving tournament.
But although there’s no denying that the 6-foot-9, Yale-bound center is a force underneath the basket, Lake Forest’s Evan Boudreaux was the team’s most dynamic player Friday. Only a sophomore, the 6-7 Boudreaux is already a matchup nightmare for opposing coaches and a go-to scorer.
“Toward the second half of last season I got a lot more comfortable,” the two-year starting forward said. “This year, we’ve all gelled, and I’m looking to play my part.”
In Lake Forest’s win over the Spartans, Boudreaux scored in a number of ways. His first points came on a 3-pointer from the top of the key, but he also scored on a one-handed shot from the block. Another basket came after an offensive rebound, and he finished with 14 points on the night as the Scouts improved to 4-0.
“His shooting has improved tremendously, and he can now drag guys away from the basket,” Lake Forest coach Phil LaScala said. “That makes him hard to defend.”
Boudreaux takes pride in being a player with offensive options.
“I’ve always tried to play on the inside and outside,” he said. “It’s about taking advantage of what the other team gives me. I think Sam (Downey) and I complement each other well.
“It’s really hard to guard all of us. We create a lot of matchup problems for other teams.”
Defensively, Boudreaux did his best to slow down Davidson-bound Andrew McAuliffe, a polished 6-8 post player who finished with 17 points and four rebounds. Boudreaux grabbed nine rebounds to help Lake Forest outrebound Glenbrook North by 13.
“He’s a really good player, really skilled,” Boudreaux said. “It was a battle. We both played hard.”