Ryan Jamar Boatright (born December 27, 1992) is an American-born naturalized Armenian professional basketball player for Cedevita Olimpija of the Slovenian League. He also represents the Armenian national basketball team. He completed his college career at Connecticut in 2015. Boatright was a key player for the Huskies’ 2013–14 NCAA Championship team, as he earned 2014 NCAA Final Four All-Tournament team honors.
Boatright, an Aurora, Illinois native, averaged 31.2 points per game as a senior at East Aurora High School and was named Illinois Co-Mr. Basketball with Chasson Randle.
He once scored 63 points in a high school basketball game against Proviso West, and another outing scoring 55 against St. Charles North. He had originally committed to West Virginia, but changed his mind when the Mountaineers signed another point guard just a day later. Boatright was ranked 74th in the ESPN 100 list of high school basketball players, and also was listed as 7th in the state of Illinois and 14th in the point guard position.
Upon arriving at Connecticut, his eligibility was challenged. After missing the first three games, the National Collegiate Athletic Association ruled that he would have to serve an additional three-game suspension to bring his total to six games served due to “receiving improper benefits”. Upon further review, Boatright endured a total of nine games under suspension. Nonetheless, he became a key player for the Huskies as a freshman, averaging 10.4 points, 4.0 assists and 3.3 rebounds in 30.1 minutes per game.
Upon the preseason of the 2014–15 season, Boatright was named the preseason All-American Athletic Conference player of the year and was selected to the preseason first team. He was then added to the 2015 Bob Cousy Award watch list. Boatright was a unanimous first-team All-American Athletic Conference team selection in 2015. He hit a game winning three off a crossover against Cincinnati in the AAC Tournament quarter-finals as time expired to win the game 57-54, which many considered was a mimic of Kemba Walker’s game winning shot against Pittsburgh in the 2011 Big East Tournament.
NBA G League (2018–2019)
For the 2018–19 season, Boatwright signed with the Agua Caliente Clippers of the NBA G League. On December 16, 2018, Texas Legends announced that they had acquired Boatright from the Agua Caliente Clippers.