Top Player On The Board Starts Moving Forward

One thing is crystal clear when it comes to the recruiting class of 2009 for Mike Krzyzewski's program - Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage combo guard Kenny Boynton is the top priority. After a handful of dominating performances over the summer, the 6-foot-3 scorer says he's moving forward with the recruiting process.

"Right now I'm setting up visits with the coaches and making plans on official visits," said Kenny Boynton. "I know that Duke will be here on September 9th, and then Florida will be here the next day for in-home visits. I am looking forward to hosting the coaches and learning about the programs even more."

In addition to the Blue Devils and Gators, the Memphis Tigers and Texas Longhorns will also have their respective shots at Boynton. While those two visit schedules are being finalized, they two programs represent a change in what has been a status quo recruiting process for much of summer.

"I eliminated Georgia Tech recently," said Boynton. "They are a good program, but I see myself fitting in better at the other schools, so I made the decision to go ahead and move forward."

Undoubtedly the Blue Devils will hope the guard continues to move forward with his recruiting process in the coming weeks as well in hopes of furthering what has become a pretty solid relationship with head coach Mike Krzyzewski.

"Even though he's been in China with Team USA, Coach K has been the coach that has probably been recruiting me harder than anyone. You can tell they are sincere when they tell me I'm the guy in this class for them. Even though he's been in China trying to win the Gold medal, Coach K has called and talked to me a few times."

And what has been the topic on the trans-Pacific phone calls?

"He's been giving me a behind the scenes look at the team and talking to me about the different players and how they've been doing. We've talked about the kind of role I'd play for him and how I can relate to what the team is doing. I think when you watch the team play, and you watch Duke play, you can see how well I would fit in at Duke. I'm definitely comfortable with the way they play and the system they use. It's kind of cool to think about playing for the guy who has been helping the best players in the world and I know I could develop and get to where I want to be with him."

Despite the glowing review of Krzyzewski and the opportunities in Durham, Boynton has no shortage of kudos for the Gators' staff - especially coach Billy Donovan.

"I've got a very good relationship with Coach Donovan, and they have a lot going for them. They've been really successful lately and being a local program I've been able to find out a lot about them. Since Duke has been in China, they have really been recruiting me as hard as they can. Like the other schools, Florida likes to play a fast paced game and that's appealing as well."

With the recruiting process beginning to move forward with some regularity, and with a target decision being the early signing period, what can schools do to move up or solidify their position with Boynton?

"Like I've said all along, it's really going to come down to the coaches and the program for me. How do I get along with [the coaches]? What kind of overall relationship do I have with them? Can they help me get to where I want to be? With the program I want to go in and be able to get on the court early on and help them win. I don't need promises [of playing time], just a chance to go in and compete."


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