Nicole Boudreau swung by Boston College on Wednesday, on an unofficial visit to the Chestnut Hill campus, and took in an Eagles women's basketball practice. The session left a favorable impression on the rising Andover High junior.
"I just feel like the way they ran it was great," she said. "It wasn’t just the head coach, not just coach (Sylvia) Crawley. All the coaches got involved, and were giving advice everywhere. You could tell it was a well-organized program. I thought it was a perfect fit."
Favorable enough that the 5-foot-10 Boudreau decided to wrap up her recruitment before things really started to get rolling. She verbally committed to the Eagles after taking in the practice, just as things were starting to heat up -- after the Eagles offered her a scholarship a few weeks ago, Villanova and Quinnipiac followed with offers, and sources say more were expected to come in.
Boudreau will join her former foe on the high school floor, 6-foot-3 former Central Catholic star and Eagles freshman Katie Zenevitch, when she enrolls at BC in the fall of 2012. The two programs have split the last four Division 1 North titles, and the last two state championships. Like Zenevitch, Boudreau is wrapping things up before her junior season starts (Zenevitch committed to the Eagles in September of 2008).
Scouts have raved about Boudreau's smooth, rangy shot, and while says she's "honored" to hear all the buzz, she feels she's still got a long ways to go.
"My biggest flaw is my defense, lateral movement, if I had to choose," Boudreau said. "Right now I still have to work on everything, including my shooting, and my conditioning, so I can go 100 percent all of the time."