Coming out of high school, Mikayla Boykin was one of the highest ranked players in the class of 2017. The Clinton, North Carolina-native led her high school, Clinton High School, to the North Carolina 2A State Championship game. Boykin led her team with 31 points in the championship game. This was nothing new for the Championship MVP as she averaged 37.4 points, 13.7 rebounds, 6.5 assists, and 5.6 steals per game during her senior campaign.
Oh, and did I mention that she broke the North Carolina high school single-game scoring record TWICE! She put up 62 points then later 63, the only player in NC history to do that. She also set state records with games of 50+ points (5), made field goals in a season (428), and points in a single season (1,159).
Coming in to a new situation, playing college basketball for an illustrious university like Duke, Boykin has been forced to impact the game in other areas other than scoring, while learning how to be the point guard of the future for Duke.
While she is nowhere close to averaging 30 points on this level, she is still impacting the games in other areas ranging from setting up other teammate for good shot opportunities to staying active on defense and forcing opponents to take bad shots or to turn the ball over.
Boykin is still looking to figure it out, especially on the defensive end, but we know that the ability to be a star is there. I sat had the pleasure of speaking with the freshman to get to know who is the woman behind the number twelve jersey.