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1-on-1 Interview With Boogie Fland's Father

First off, I am excited to start contributing high school recruiting news for Cats Coverage and am eager to share this first post with all of the Big Blue Nation. My name is Derek and I cover recruitments throughout the high school level for all major programs, but am a huge fan of Kentucky so please stay tuned to all of my future work here surrounding the next faces of the UK basketball program.


I was given the privilege to sit down with the father of 2024 five-star and Kentucky commit, Boogie Fland, to discuss the announcement on his son becoming a Kentucky Wildcat. Let's take a quick look inside Boogie's recruitment with Johnuel Fland.


 

Q: Who was Boogie’s main recruiter at Kentucky?

 

A: "The main recruiter was Chuck Martin while he was at Oregon, and once Martin switched (to Kentucky), he stayed on top of it. Calipari showed a lot of interest by coming to Boogie’s school (Archbishop Stepinac) and even flying to Spain to watch him with Team USA for FIBA. Orlando (Antigua) also stayed in touch with me heavily throughout the process."


 


Q: What made Kentucky and John Calipari stand out to you both?

 

A: "What stood out for Boogie was how real they kept it. Boogie never wants anything given to him. Whether it be a starting role, etc., he earns everything and bets on himself to achieve his goals. Coach Cal kept it real and told him what it was, how much he loved his game, and how he could take Boogie to the next level and develop him, but he has to work his tail off."


"What stood out for me was Calipari’s resume and how he lets his guards go and play freely, but also teaches the game. He shows he cares for his kids and players. He keeps that family atmosphere."



 

Q: What stood out at any of the visits to Kentucky?

 

A: "When we went to his (Calipari’s) house and ate with the whole team, two of his former players were there, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Doron Lamb. A lot of his players to this day visit him at his house and at the university. That speaks volumes."

 



Q: Was there a moment where John Calipari or another coach did something and you both knew that Boogie would be going to Kentucky?

 

A: "During Coach Cal’s speech when he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, he brought up (to the stage) what I believe were 64 of his old players from UMass, Memphis, and Kentucky. That blew Boogie away. It showed how much his players love and care for him. Boogie is a family-oriented type of kid, so that stood out a lot."



It seems that Johnuel is excited to see his child play for a Head Coach that he thinks a lot of on and off the court, and that both parties are excited to join each other. Boogie Fland is one of the top point guards in the class of 2024, and has an elite basketball IQ and is very wise beyond his years. You can catch him this year playing for Archbishop Stepinac (NY) High School. I can’t wait to see him running the floor at Kentucky next season.


Boogie is the No. 18 overall player according to ESPN’s 2024 Top-150 rankings, with a top-three ranking in his own position, and will join a long list of star guards who’ve played under John Calipari over the years with hopes to be the next great one to come through.





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