Once a rival, senior guard leads Cavaliers

By Anthony Foley
November 16, 2011

John Boyd is a senior guard on the men's basketball team. -- Jenay Smith / Photo Editor

Senior guard John Boyd is a marketing major at Cabrini College and hopes to have a job related to sales when he graduates. Boyd has a very busy life schedule with basketball and school work and likes to spend his free time with family and friends.

“Being so busy with basketball really makes you realize how much you really miss family and friends,” Boyd said. “I try to give them all my free time.”

Boyd first picked up a basketball and began shooting at the age of 4. He then simply fell in love with the game. Boyd attended Perkiomen Valley High School in Collegeville, Pa., where he went on to score 1000 points during his time there.

Boyd was not done just yet; he wanted to take it to the next level of play. Boyd first attended one of Cabrini’s rival schools, Immaculata University, before coming here to play.

“I really liked what Cabrini had to offer here academically with my major and with basketball,” Boyd said about his decision to transfer to Cabrini. “I knew they were a tough team in the conference with the best shot [to win] and I wanted to be a part of that.”

“My biggest accomplishments in basketball by far are my 1000 points back in high school but the one that is most important to me was the CSAC championship we won last year,” Boyd said. “I never won a championship before so it was a great feeling to enjoy with the team going on to the Sweet 16.”

Two of Boyd’s teammates, Corey Frizzera and Jon Miller, stated how Boyd was a leader and a big part of the team’s success.

“John is a leader because he pushes us every day in practice to work hard and he constantly reminds the team what the main goal is of the entire season, which is to win the CSAC championship and make it back to the NCAA tournament,” Frizzera, sophomore guard, said. “When he transferred from Immaculata, he brought a sense of energy and up-beat pace to our team.”

Last season, Boyd averaged 12.4 points per game as well as 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game. He also recorded a career-high 31-point game against York (Pa.) College last December.

“He is a great role player, he hits shots when we need him to,” Miller, sophomore center, said. “Our offense is basically drive and kick and John always seems to have an open shot. Our goal this year is to make it to the Final Four and with John’s help and all of us playing as a team, I think we have a great shot.”

Miller added that Boyd works well with everyone on the team and can always be counted on.

“We have a great team chemistry on and off the court. We always stick together; that’s why we call ourselves ‘the unit,’” Miller said.

“John is a great teammate and I consider him one of my best friends on the team,” Frizzera said. “We have a lot of similarities and like the same things. We play great together on the court.”

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