Former Union Academy basketball player Jake Boggs (5) is averaging 10.8 points per game as a sophomore for UNC Wilmington through the first six games this season.

Monroe’s Jake Boggs, a former Union Academy basketball player, has been one of UNC Wilmington’s most efficient and productive players as a sophomore.

Boggs, who played two seasons at Union Academy before transferring to Carmel Christian in Charlotte, is averaging 10.8 points and 3.3 rebounds per game in just under 22 minutes per game while shooting 55.8% from the field and 43.8% from 3-point range.

The 6-foot-7, 190-pound wing had his best game of the season on Dec. 9 in a blowout win over St. Andrews, when he scored a career-high 25 points while shooting 9-of-12 from the field and 3-of-5 from 3-point range. UNCW is currently in the middle of its first season under first-year head coach Takayo Siddle.

Boggs spoke with The Enquirer-Journal on Thursday about the tumultuous offseason, his improvement from last year and expectations for conference play.

Question: You’re coming off a career high a few games ago. What’s been working for you this season and how do you feel at the start of your sophomore year?

Answer: We’ve got some new faces and a new coaching staff this year. I think things are going well up to this point, but there are definitely some things we can improve on for conference play. I really like that the coaches are letting me play my game, and I think the coaches have been a huge factor in my success and the team’s success so far.

Question: It can be a tough adjustment when a new coaching staff comes in. How tough was it to go through that with everything else with COVID going on?

Answer: It was definitely a different offseason for us. We got to do Zoom calls and stuff like that over the summer, but we weren’t together for that much time during the offseason to prepare. It was different. It was a shorter time to prepare, so we had to get a lot of things done in a quicker amount of time, but I think the coaches have done a good job of not making things too complicated and letting us all play our own games. I think it’s been a really smooth transition from the last staff to this one.

Question: What have you been working on personally this offseason/early season in terms of your own development as a player?

Answer: I tried to work on consistency a lot, just trying to expand my game so I can attack from different areas of the floor. I’ve tried to improve my inside game, and my post game has been impactful during the start of the season. But I’ve really been trying to work on everything and getting more consistency in my game.

Question: What are your expectations for the team heading into the start of conference play?

Answer: I think we’ve fought through a lot of adversity so far, and that’s been great for us. We have a really talented team and we’ve all bought in, so I think we can do some really special things this season, and heading into this conference season, I think we’ll surprise a lot of people.