Despite standing at 6-foot-1 and 165 pounds, Chandler Boy is practically a spitting image of his father, Decatur High girls basketball coach Brad Boy.
Need proof that the two are related? Look no further than the facial expressions. They’re almost identical.
The Boy father-and-son duo are also close. Chandler practically grew up in Decatur’s gymnasium because of his dad’s profession, giving him an opportunity to learn the nuances of the game at a young age.
Those experiences are showing now that Chandler is a member of Decatur’s varsity basketball program. The junior earned a starting role this season, and the young guard with a smooth jump shot is proving himself as a valuable weapon.
Chandler spent a few minutes with Decatur Daily sports writer Justin Graves before practice Wednesday to answer 10 questions:
Question: What was it like growing up as a basketball coach’s son here at Decatur?
Answer: I really liked being around the program, and I got experience of what high school basketball is all about at an early age. It was really fun being around the program.
Q: Did those experiences help you as a player?
A: It definitely has helped me. I think because of that, I got to see how the game is supposed to be played, and I had a better understanding of the speed of the game coming into my first varsity season.
Q: You have obviously spent a lot of time working on your jump shot. How many hours do you spend in the gym shooting?
A: It depends. During the summer, I would be up here almost half a day. I would say about five hours during the summer. I’ve spent a whole lot of time in this gym shooting basketball.
Q: What was it like when you got your first varsity start this season?
A: It was unreal at first. I was nervous. Excited, but nervous. There were a lot of crazy emotions.
Q: Because your dad also coaches basketball, do you get extra coaching at home?
A: I do. My dad is always offering me advice. After every game, he tells me what I did wrong, and I go to the gym and work on it. He’s done a lot to help me become a better play.
Q: Both of your sisters attend college at BYU. Because of the distance, you don’t get to see them often, but they’ll both be coming home for Christmas. What’s that going to be like?
A: I can’t wait. I’ve talked to them on the phone, but that’s not the same as seeing them in person. I’m excited about them coming back soon. They won’t be here for the first time we play Austin, but they will be here for the second time we play them. Having them back at home, it’s going to be a great Christmas.
Q: Are there any interesting personalities on this team?
A: Oh yeah. Rex (Jarman) is a character. So is Jawan (Porter). Juwan makes everybody laugh a lot. He’s always cracking jokes.
Q: If you had an extra $50 that you could only spend on yourself, what would you buy?
A: First I would give 10 percent to my church for tithing. Probably after that, the rest would go to gas. Gas is really expensive.
Q: What’s it like playing for Decatur coach Jamie Lee?
A: It’s great. He really wants us to good and be the best we can, not only as a player, but also as an individual. He’s a great coach to play for.
Q: Do you have a favorite a college basketball team?
A: I love the Duke Blue Devils. I grew up watching J.J. Reddick. He’s the type of player I want to be like.
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