After averaging 13.0 and 8.9 rebounds a game for Central Catholic High as a senior while earning First Team Western Athletic Conference honors, 6-foot-6 Jonathan Boddie is headed to Portland, Lewis & Clark College (LCC) in particular. He also played spring and summer basketball with the Oakland Rebels.
A Division III institution with 2,000 undergraduates, LCC competes in the Northwest Conference against other schools from Oregon and Washington and, while athletic scholarships per se are not offered, financial aid is based on a combination of prowess in academics and athletics.
"It's a school with good academics and basketball," Boddie noted. He added that he wants to become a doctor although a specific area of medicine has yet to be decided.
Below is Boddie being interviewed after a 56-47 Central Catholic victory over Brookside Christian last March 5:
He is modest in his on-court goals for next season.
"It will be my first year and I'll be getting used to the program."
In what is a coincidence but still remarkable in its own way is that Boddie injured himself a couple of years back on the Lewis & Clark court while playing in a tournament. "I rolled my ankle and was out for two months." Apparently not the superstitious type, he didn't let that memory interfere in his commitment.
His advice to those pondering their college destination is "stay positive and be willing to wait. Choosing a school doesn't have to come fast."
Also, northern Californians Kurt Parker (Jesuit High), Harold Getz (University High) and Mat Collins (St. Ignatius College Prep) are already residents of the Pioneer roster so Boddie will join some fellow Golden Staters once he arrives.
What should make for some interesting banter is that after Getz's University High topped Central Catholic 79-69 in the 2012-13 CIF playoffs, Boddie's bunch won 73-58 this past March 15 as he dominated with 23 points, 15 boards and a pair of blocked shots.
One other LCC hoops note: the basketball program was headed from 1989 to 2011 by Bob Gaillard, the former USF coach from back in the 1970s.