Aliyah Boston Running With On-Court Success
The trials for the 2016 USA Women’s U17 World Championship Team began with 139 participants last week, with all of the athletes pursuing the common goal of making the final roster. Seventeen still remain in contention after partaking in many treacherous workouts and drills to find the eventual 12 team members.
One of the 17 remaining hopefuls, Aliyah Boston, hails from Worcester Academy in Worcester, Massachusetts. The trek to Colorado Springs began as an uncertain litmus test to see where this class of 2019 prospect stood amongst some of the best prep stars in the country.
Needless to say, as one of the 17 finalists out of 139 hopefuls, Boston has showed her worth and is a legitimate contender for a roster spot.
“I wanted to come push myself and prove to be better than the ones that were here,” said Boston, who measures 6-foot-3 and 180 pounds. “I thought it would be difficult to get this far because of my age, and I am one of the youngest ones, but I knew I had to push myself to get this far”
Boston is the only 14 year old on the finalist roster, but being the youngest has not been a problem before. Playing with athletes older than her is normal and has been one of the reasons she has progressed this much in her young playing career.
Someone that averaged 17 points and 12 rebounds per game as a freshman in high school knows how to show her worth. She allowed the game to come to her during her first high school season.
“I was surprised, because it wasn’t as difficult as I thought,” Boston added regarding her freshman year success.
Boston has also been able to sit back and watch how to put in the necessary work, whether it comes from high school or the AAU season.
She recalls many instances growing up watching her older sister, Alexis, play her games, and says that is where her inspiration to play basketball came from.
“When I watched her play, I wanted to replicate everything she did,” Boston stated.
A different dynamic occurs now that the two are both at the high school level, but the Boston sisters do not attend the same school. They only play on the same AAU team together.
Despite not playing against each other during the high school season, the two sisters continue to bond while training together throughout the year.
As the pressure to make the final roster continues to mount with each practice sessions, Boston seems to have already surpassed the goals she made for herself only one week ago. She still holds onto the underdog mentality engrained as the youngest one throughout most her basketball career. She knows there is work to left to be done, but she understands getting this far is an achievement that should not go unnoticed.
“There are players here that are tougher, but I’m going to push myself to the maximum effort level and if I don’t make it, then I know how far I can get for opportunities in upcoming years,” Boston said.
Whether or not Boston makes this U17 team, she wants to return for many more opportunities to represent USA Basketball. She will be the first to tell you how lofty her goals are down the road, including winning high school state titles and AAU national championships, and she knows how to continue her success.
“I don’t play for all of the attention, but I do all the work behind the scenes that most don’t see,” Boston added as she walked off the floor after another successful day.