Updated: Oct 26, 2021
In its second rendition, the 2021 Border League boosted a plethora of talented players and teams from around the nation. Border League’s premier bracket, GEICO Top Flight Invite, has become one of the most anticipated preseason high school tournaments. In an action-packed weekend at Coronado High School in Las Vegas, Nev., Pro Insight was on-hand to cover the showcase and caught up with Cameron and Cayden Boozer, the sons of former NBA all-star Carlos Boozer.
The twins led the Explorers, a club program representing Christopher Columbus High School (FL), to a championship in the ‘Great 8’ bracket. Winning every game by double digits, Cameron and Cayden registered 27 and 25 points, respectively, in the finals over Colorado Prep en route to a 77-65 victory. Only freshmen on their varsity team, the Boozer twins project to continue to ascend up the national ranks with each bringing their own skill set to the table.
As part of the Pro Insight Q&A series, the twins touched on each other’s strengths, who’d win head-to-head in 2K, their early recruitment update, and more.
For the next installment of the Pro Insight Q&A series, we present 2025 prospects Cameron and Cayden Boozer, from Miami, Florida:
Pro Insight: Tell us about your background.
Cameron Boozer: So our backgrounds… we were born in Miami, Florida. Our father played in the NBA and our mother played D1 in volleyball. We have great genetics, a great background, come from a good family and we just work hard. We try to be the best we can be everyday.
Cayden Boozer: Raised in Miami [too]. We have an older brother and really athletic parents. We just all bond together.
PI: Did you play any other sports growing up?
Cameron: I used to play baseball and I played a little bit of football.
Cayden: Yeah, baseball and football [as well].
PI: Cameron, how would you describe Cayden’s strengths?
Cameron: His strengths are controlling the pace of the game. He does a good job of finding open players. He does a good job at attacking the gaps, finding people who are open, and closing the defense. He does a really good job of playing the lanes on defense — a really good defender, as well.
PI: Cayden, how would you describe Cameron’s game?
Cayden: Cameron, he’s a phenomenal scorer. He can score at all three levels. On defense, he’s a shot blocker. He can pressure and he can guard all five positions and he’s a leader. He’s the one that’s always talking and yeah, he’s just a leader.
PI: How long have you guys been playing basketball together?
Cameron: Since we were three [years old]. We started playing when we were three at the Boys & Girls Club and it just started taking off from there.
PI: You two are obviously close — talk a bit about the synergy between you guys on-and-off the court.
Cayden: It’s great ‘cause if I’m struggling he’s gonna be like “yo, pick it up.” He’s gonna support me even if I’m having a bad game and if I’m having a good game, he’s gonna to keep telling me to do whatever I’m doing that’s right. He’s just always there for me so it’s really good.
PI: What are your guys’ short term goals for this season as leaders on this Christopher Columbus team?
Cameron: Short term goals…definitely winning a state championship. Just be the best player I can be and try to improve as much as I can as an individual player and also try to get to know my guys — forming a really good brotherhood like we’re family.
Cayden: Obviously a state championship. This team is a really good team so I want to be on a team where we can lead to a state championship. I want to just get better at every aspect of the game and I just want to be able to get my teammates into spots where they can score and just have fun.
PI: What are your guys’ biggest interests outside of basketball?
Cameron: Ah biggest interest off-the-court… hmm, ah I don’t really know. I would say school. I’m really big on school.
Cayden: School? (laughs).
Cameron: I’m really big on school. I think working hard in the classroom is just as important as working hard on the court.
Cayden: Biggest interest…I like music a lot. I’m always listening to music. Whenever I’m doing homework, I’m listening to music. It helps me focus and I would say I play a little video games every now and then. I play 2K, Fortnite, Retro Bowl — it’s a game on your phone. It’s a good game.
PI: You guys both play 2K then?
Cayden: He’s not really good. I beat him by 20 every time.
Cameron: He’s just a hater.
Cayden: He sucks (laughs).
PI: Who is your go-to team on 2K?
Cayden: My team is the Nuggets. I like their length. I play Bol Bol as my power forward. It’s really over-powered.
Cameron: I would say the Lakers. I just like playing with the athleticism, you know. You can just throw it up. I know AD is going to go and dunk that. I like throwing a lot of lobs in 2K.
Cayden: Oh sometimes we just pick like randoms. Hit random three times and whatever team we get.
PI: What’s the latest with your guys’ recruitment?
Cameron: We both have offers from FIU and UM [Miami]. We’re getting some interest from FSU, Memphis, and Michigan.
PI: Who has helped you guys navigate the recruitment process?
Cameron: I would say it’s more of my mom. My mom’s really the one who has always pushed me and put me in the right spots. I’d also say my coach. He does a great job of getting coaches into practice and everything and just putting me into the right spots to succeed and get the right looks I need.
Cayden: Well, our recruitment really just started so I’m not sure as of right now who has been the biggest impact, but I would say my mom, Coach Andrew right there — he’s always giving us opportunities to be seen by coaches and really just getting us in tournaments that coaches are watching and it’s just good that we have a great opportunity.
PI: You have one hashtag to describe both of you guys. What is it?
Cameron: Ooo I don’t know.
Cayden: Wait, a hashtag?
Cayden: I would say #unicorn.
Cayden: Different breed, different unicorn breed.
Cayden: That’s not bad.
PI: If you had four words to describe your brother, what would those four words be?
Cameron: I would say impactful, leader, smart, and athletic.
Cayden: Different. Funny. Leader. And...hmm, I don’t know. Short (laughs).
PI: At the end of the day, what do you hope to be remembered for?
Cameron: I don’t really know what I want to be remembered for but I just want to say that if the only thing I’m remembered for is what I do on the court, then I’m doing something wrong.
Cayden: I want to be someone that people can look up to. Little kids can be like “oh, I want to be like him one day.” And I just don’t want to just be known as a basketball player. I want to be known as Cayden Boozer, as a person.