Athlete of the Week: Eric Boykin Jr., Thurgood Marshall High School

Name: Eric Boykin Jr.

School: Thurgood Marshall

Grade: Senior

Age: 19

Sport: Basketball

Claim to fame/honors: Three-year varsity starter at point guard; played with Chaminade Julienne team that played in state tournament his freshman year

Bet you didn’t know … I like to sleep all day

Words you live by: Only the strong survive

Toughest opponent: Moeller

Biggest influence: My dad because he always pushes me to be a better person, student and athlete every day

Game-day rituals: Listen to music, eat a McDouble and McChicken

What’s on your bedroom walls? Basketball trophies and medals, and my goals

When I’m bored I like to … watch basketball

Favorite movie: Any of the Rocky movies

Person who would play you in a movie: Denzel Washington

Favorite TV show: Anything with basketball on it

Favorite musical artist: NBA YoungBoy

I can’t live without: Basketball

I can live without: School

Event you’d like to attend: Times Square to see the ball drop

Favorite book: Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Favorite home-cooked meal: Tacos

Favorite restaurant: J.J’s

Favorite smell: Any candle

Favorite cereal: Cinnamon Frosted Flakes

Store where you’d like a shopping spree: Nike

Vegetable you won’t eat: Broccoli

I’d love to trade places for a day with … Kobe Bryant

Whose mind would you like to read? Bill Gates

Place where you’d love to travel? Hawaii

Talent you’d like to have? Being psychic

Favorite school subject: History

Favorite athlete: Kobe Bryant

Favorite Olympic sport: Basketball

Something in the world I’d like to change: Poverty

Favorite sports moment: Winning Under Armour nationals in Atlanta the summer before my junior year

Favorite junk food: Cinnamon rolls

Best thing about track: Bonding with teammates

In 10 years, I hope to be … in the NBA or coaching college basketball

Nominate an Athlete of the Week: Send an email to freelance writer Dave Lamb at Please include the athlete’s name, school, sport and a phone number or email address where we can reach that athlete. Please include Athlete of the Week in the subject line.

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