Duke Visit Gives Boynton Unique Look

When he scheduled his visit to Durham last week, the top prospect on the Blue Devil recruiting board says he expected things to go well. But, nearly a week later, Florida combo guard Kenny Boynton has had time to reflect on what he saw and heard from head coach Mike Krzyzewski and his staff.

"I really enjoyed my trip [to Duke]," said Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage High standout Kenny Boynton. "Going in I expected it to be good - I mean it's Duke. But on the whole they made me feel very welcomed and it just reinforced my opinions."

Boynton, who has long been identified as the Blue Devils' top overall prospect in the class of 2009, had a chance to visit campus as the class of 2008 signees were arriving on campus. But the newest members of the program weren't the only ones who happened to be in Durham at that time.

"I had a chance to meet the current team and run some games with them. I also got a chance to spend some time with Jason Williams. That was cool because that's the guy Coach K says I remind him of the most. For him to be there was really special, because growing up I loved to watch him play and modeled some of my game after what I saw him do."

Visions of the most explosive scorer to wear a Duke uniform since former player turned assistant turned Stanford head coach Johnny Dawkins certainly seem appropriate when describing the 6-foot-3, 185lbs scoring guard out of Florida. After torching opponents as a junior, Boynton earned the following evaluation from Scout.com's National Recruiting Analyst, Dave Telep:

He is one of the top scoring threats in his class. Boynton is currently working on rounding out his point guard package as he's already a prolific scorer. Kenny hunts his shot and sticks difficult jumpers -- He might be the most clutch shooter/maker in the nation.

Which is why the Blue Devils have been so involved for more than a year already. But, as with any high major recruit, Boynton has several options available to him.

"Right now the ones I am focusing on are Duke, Georgia Tech, Florida, Texas, and Memphis. Most of those programs have a reputation for putting guards into the NBA. I think I could be successful at each of those programs."

And while he's currently focusing on five school, Boynton admits there's at least another stage or two left in his recruitment.

"Right now I am hoping to narrow it down a little more - maybe to three schools. Then I'll take some official visits and make my decision."

And, after spending last week at Duke, can Blue Devil fans assume that Coach K's program will make that final trio?

"Duke's going to be there. Last week showed me a lot about them. Everyone knows about how great Coach K is, and what kind of program he's built. But I got a chance to see what it's like from the players' perspective. I got to be a Blue Devil for a while."

No doubt Duke faithful hope it's not the last time either.


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