Boynton is Definitely 'On Guard'

By any measure Kenny Boynton had an outstanding first season for the Gator basketball team. Boynton led the Gators, scoring 14.0 points a game and was second on the team with 92 assists. He finished the season on a personal high note, scoring 50 points in tough losses to Mississippi State (23) and Brigham Young (27).

While he made just 29 percent of his 3-point shots on the season he knocked down half of them (9-for-18) in those contests.

Kenny Boynton said he expects to play a lot more point guard this season as he takes some of the ball handling load off Erving Walker. He said coach Billy Donovan wants him to do that, and he like working at both guard spots. He said he wants to improve his overall shooting (38 percent from the field) and worked with a shooting coach to improve his mechanics in that area.

The American Heritage High School grad is looking forward to the upcoming season. He expects the Gators to improve significantly on last year's 21-13 overall record, 9-7 SEC mark and first round exit from the NCAA Tournament.

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On his changing role for year two:

"Right now I think I'm a combo guard. I'm working to better my decisions at the point guard position, and I think I have improved since last year. I definitely feel more comfortable with the ball in my hands. Me, Erv and Coach (Donovan) had a meeting and we're definitely going to split it up more than we did last year."

On what he sees for himself this year:

"On the offensive side I think I'm going to improve my shooting percentage this year. On the defensive side I think it's going to be (more of) the same thing, you know (maintaining) aggressiveness."

Did he watch a lot of tape to study his shooting mechanics?

"I definitely am not a big tape guy. I went to LA and worked with a shooting coach (Bob Tate) so I watched film on that, but overall not too much. I'm trying to keep the ball in front me and keep my form up on every shot and stay balanced. That's what I'm working on."

On whether good shooting games late in the year helped him:

"I definitely got confidence (from it) but I think it came on at the end of the year. It was a little late, but this is a new year and I have to put it behind me."

On what he sees for the team this season:

"My expectations are definitely a way better record than we had last year and we want to get deep into the tournament. Overall I just think we should be a better team."

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If early prognostications are to be believed the SEC East will once again be much stronger than the West. Florida, Kentucky and Tennessee are all expected to be ranked in the top 15 in pre-season polls and might be in the top 10. Vanderbilt could also be rated more highly than any Western squad entering the 2010-11 campaign.


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