2011 point guard Boga mulling options between WKU, Milwaukee

Cole Claybourn

The NCAA’s Early Signing Period has come and gone, and when the list of WKU’s early signees was announced, St. John Bosco (Calif.) point guard Cezar Guerrero’s name wasn’t on the list.

While Guerrero, who committed to WKU on Oct. 15, could still sign with WKU during the NCAA’s Regular Signing Period (April 13-May 18), it appears WKU’s search for a point guard isn’t over.

Shaquille Boga, a point guard from Florissant, Mo., told the Herald on Wednesday that he’s been in contact with WKU since last summer and was offered a scholarship last March.

Boga, a two-star recruit on Scout.com, verbally committed to Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Nov. 11. But, like Guerrero did with WKU, Boga didn’t sign during the Early Period.

Boga said since he hasn’t signed anywhere, it’s still a possibility that he could back out of his commitment to Wisconsin-Milwaukee and head to WKU.

He said if Guerrero decides not to sign with WKU, it’s “likely” that he would sign. The Bowling Green Daily News reported Wednesday that Guerrero’s brother said the Rivals 150 point guard is still interested in WKU.

Boga called his relationship with Head Coach Ken McDonald and assistant coach Ray Harper “pretty good” and said both have gone to see him play.

“It’s a possibility,” he said. “I still want to see the campus. I wanted to take a visit this summer but it didn’t work out. I heard they have one of the top recruiting classes coming in next year.”

However, Boga said his verbal commitment to Wisconsin-Milwaukee was still “solid.”

“I like the situation there because I want to go somewhere that I can play,” he said. “I just want to go somewhere that I can do that and my family can come see me play.

“This recruiting thing is hard,” he said. “I’m sure you all are mad at Cezar, but this recruiting thing is not easy at all.”

Boga said he plans to take a visit to WKU some time before the Regular Signing Period, but he hasn’t set a date.

Boga also said he’s been talking with signees Derrick Gordon and George Fant and has played against them both in AAU several times, as well as fellow signee Deng Leek. He said he spoke with Fant and Gordon today and called his relationship with Gordon “close.”

Boga said if Guerrero is still committed in the spring, he’s not sure how that will affect a decision.

“I’m not really worried about what Cezar Guerrero is doing,” Boga said. “If he stays committed, then he stays committed. Whatever happens, happens.”

Boga also holds offers from Minnesota, Nebraska, Illinois State, Missouri State, Southern Illinois and Wichita State, according to Scout.com.

With six commitments for the 2011 class and just five players on the current roster set to exhaust eligibility after this season, WKU could potentially over-sign with the 2011 class.

Another potential point guard for the 2011 class, Christian County (Ky.) standout Anthony Hickey, told the Herald last Friday that he hasn’t been in contact with WKU recently and didn’t see himself as a backup plan in case Guerrero doesn’t sign with WKU.