Kenny Boynton interested in Louisville

Kenny Boynton, perhaps the most prolific scoring guard in the Class of 2009, might tag along with AAU teammate Eloy Vargas when the 6-foot-10 forward makes an unofficial visit to Louisville later this month. Where do the Cardinals stand with the five-star prospect? InsideTheVille.com has the scoop.

Kenny Boynton, perhaps the most prolific scoring guard in the Class of 2009, might tag along with AAU teammate Eloy Vargas when the 6-foot-10 forward makes an unofficial visit to Louisville later this month.

Boynton, a rising junior from Pompano Beach, Florida, is rated a five-star prospect by Scout.com and is generally regarded as a Top 10 prospect in his class nationally. As a sophomore, Boynton led his high school team, Ely, to the 6-A Florida state championship, averaging a hefty 30 points per game, while shooting better than 45 percent from behind the arch.

Boynton's strong showing last summer (he finished second in scoring behind Kevin Love at the Reebok ABCD Camp), followed by a state title last season, has made the 180-pound combo guard a priority recruit for several big time programs, including Louisville.


Rick Pitino extended an offer to Boynton this spring and the talented backcourt star could visit U of L when AAU teammate Eloy Vargas checks out the Cardinals after the NBA Players Camp in Richmond, Virginia in late June.

"That's kind of up in the air right now," Kenny Gillion, Boynton's AAU coach, said of the possible visit. "I think there's a greater chance that he will be there than he won't. I think he'll probably end up being there on campus with Eloy later this month."

Boyton's list includes some of college basketball's biggest heavy-weight programs. Louisville, Ohio State, Duke, Florida and Miami are currently in the best shape with Boynton, according to Gillion.

"Rick Pitino is a legend and they're recruiting Kenny hard," Gillion said. "They're in good shape with him."

Boynton's looking for a situation – and a system - where he can put his impressive scoring skills to use – and not just play a distributing point guard role. Apparently, that's something Rick Pitino has no problem with.

"He wants to go to a program where the coach will let him play his game," Gillion said. "He's not the typical pass first point guard. He's more like a Ben Gordon type of point guard that can score. He's a lead guard and Louisville has said they'll let him play his game."


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