Boynton works to be more versatile on offense

The shots aren't falling for senior Kenny Boynton. He had positive momentum with a 3-for-7 night from behind the three-point line last weekend against Air Force, but it's not a big concern for head coach Billy Donovan that the shots aren't falling. The problem is where the shots are coming from. Donovan said 60 percent of Boynton's shots have been three-pointers, and he's becoming one-dimensional.

"When you're a team scouting Kenny Boynton, the first thing you're saying is that 60 percent of his shots are threes," Billy Donovan said. "He's going to have to do some different things to open up the three-point game for himself. When you become one-dimensional like that, it's easy because you're a lot more predictable to guard."

That's what happening to Boynton. Opposing defenses aren't struggling to find out how to guard him. They're not scared of Boynton dribbling past them and getting to the basket to create a shot for himself or pass outside to an open teammate. His bad habits have created a slump.

Before his 3-for-7 performance from the three-point line on December 29 against Air Force, Boynton was 4-for-32 on three-point attempts in Florida's previous five games. The senior guard said there aren't any mechanical issues with his shot. They just aren't falling.

To correct that, he spent the last week of practice trying to switch up his offensive game.

"I'm just trying to find my teammates and knock down shots," Boynton said. "I'm taking good shots. When I get in the lane, I want to finish more."

Getting in the lane is key for what the Gators need Boynton to do. He has been effective while taking contested three-pointers during his career, but Florida needs him to create more offense for the team.

What Donovan wants to see is some creativity when Boynton has an opportunity for a contested three-pointer. When the defender is running at him while preparing to shoot a three, Donovan wants to see his senior scorer do more.

"Those are the easiest times to shot fake, put the ball on the floor and get in the lane to create help and make the game easier for other guys," Donovan said. "This week, he has done a better job of doing that."

Boynton started the season by playing point guard when junior Scottie Wilbekin was suspended. With Wilbekin back, Boynton will start playing more minutes off the ball. That should take some pressure off him and allow him to spend his senior season as the scorer he was during the first three years.

Boynton has marked his name all over the Florida record book. He's currently fifth in total points, third in three-pointers, sixth in minutes and fifth in start. To make a run at the overall scoring spot currently held by Ronnie Williams, Boynton needs to score 363 points with 19 games left in the regular season, and the SEC Tournament and NCAA Tournament to follow.

It's not out of the question, but the senior needs to get out of his slump to make a run at the top spot.

"His attitude has been really good. Kenny has always been a quiet guy, and he's coming out of his shell a lot to really invest in his teammates and spend time with them," Donovan said.

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