Boynton Breaks It Down

Last week at the NBA Camp, we had a chance to sit down with one of the nation's finest guards. Kenny Boynton gave us a look into his process and why he's looking forward to his visits.

If you're reading this around noon, Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage guard Kenny Boynton is beginning his afternoon workout regimen. It's what you do when you want to play professional basketball. The 6-foot-2, 8th-ranked prospect in 2009, told if he couldn't play pro ball, he'd like to be an agent.

Currently, Boynton's more likely to one day need an agent, rather than become one. His fave five is big time: Florida, Georgia Tech, Texas, Memphis and Duke.

Recruiting, from the outside looking in, appears increasingly more complicated. Not for Boynton. With little fanfare, he trimmed his list and instituted a plan to work towards a solution this fall.

"I just put myself in the position of where I'd fit better at in the playing styles," Boynton said of the process he used to cut down his list. "After that, I'll make my decision after I visit. Those are going to be my five official visits."

Committed to his process, Boynton said he wouldn't be able to make a call if he had to right now. It may be tough to grasp, but Boynton was honest in saying each school has occupied the No. 1 spot on his list.

"Different days. After I get off the phone I'd like that school (better), then another. It depends on the day. At one point in time (each has been in the top spot). It depends on the day and if I've talked to the coach that day."

A scorer by definition, Boynton is looking hard at each program and evaluating who is coming in with him. Location, he said, doesn't matter.

"Academics are the most important. My parents are strong on that. I want to see who signs in the time that I sign. I want a coach to tell me I can come play as a freshman. It doesn't matter area-wise, I can adapt to any situation. I don't feel the need to go to a place similar to (the city of) Miami."

Since his freshman season, much has been made of Boynton. When he looks into the mirror he sees a guy who gets buckets. Maybe, with a lot of work and preparation, he can adapt and see a different side of his game.

"As of now I see a shooting guard right now. It's not easy (transitioning to point) that's what I'm adapting to now. Passing is a big part of it and turnovers. That's what I'm working on right now. It's more ball handling and coming off screens and making decisions coming off screens.

"You have to see the play differently and say I'm going to sacrifice for my team instead of taking the shot."

Taking "the shot" is what Boynton does best. He's directly responsible for the spring's biggest cannon shot, a buzzer-beating jumper late in the playoffs at the Real Deal On The Hill. Cut him open and his DNA would contain confidence, scoring traits and a steely, winning nature.

Forget about putting a position on him for now. He'll fit in wherever. "Let me run and score. Let me run the team and put the ball in my hands. I feel I can run the point guard but at times put me at the two."

Every school on his list is on board with his ideas. He's been told he's the No. 1 guy for each program and feels like he's being recruited as such. There is one potentially tantalizing aspect of his decision. AAU teammate Brandon Knight, the top point guard in 2010, is his boy. Together they'd be one of the great backcourt duos of the decade. Can that really happen?

"We haven't talked about it yet but it will come to a point where we talk about it and we'll see what happens. I know when it comes down to it, I'm going to talk to him about it."

Boynton spoke individually in regards to each of his final five choices. Included are his comments.


Florida is the hometown school on the list. I don't get pressure to go there. They now how to win; they won the last two out of three championships so they know how to win.

Georgia Tech

They have had good success with their guards in the past with Kenny Anderson and Javaris Crittenton so I like them for that reason.


T.J. Ford, D.J. Augustin. They've had success with their guards and they just go out and play.


They're more like a style of mine: they go out and play. I like how they used Derrick Rose this year and his success. I can see myself in a style like that at Memphis.


Coach K, he's probably the best coach. Who wouldn't want to play for him? They run a four-guard set, four out and one in so that would be good situation too.

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