Reebok U: Boynton, Miller impressive

PHILADELPHIA, PA - Goodbye Akron, Hello Philadelphia, home of the Reebok U Camp. Louisville prospects Kenny Boynton, Darius Miller, Eloy Vargas and Olek Czyz were all in action Monday. attended and has the day's top highlights, prospect breakdowns and plenty of recruiting news and notes.

After spending the weekend in Akron, OH at the Lebron James Skills Academy, I hopped in the car at 5:30 a.m. Monday morning and drove six-plus hours to Philadelphia for the Reebok U Camp at Philadelphia University.

Several Louisville prospects were in action on Monday in Philadelphia. There was Kenny Boynton and Eloy Vargas; Darrius Miller and Olek Czyk. Louisville assistant Richard Pitino was in attendance and kept a close eye on all four prospects.


Kenny Boynton (6-2 PG, Pompano, Florida) can score points in bunches. In the morning game, Boynton scored most of his 18 points inside the arch, then in the afternoon stretched the defense with four three's. His assist-to-turnover ratio (5/3) needs work, but he's got a quick first step toward the basket and has nice touch on the midrange floater. He struggled at times finishing around the basket – something better decision-making – and added strength will help.

Darius Miller (6-7 SF, Mason County, KY) put together a nice day's work, scoring 25 points and collecting 18 boards in his first two games. Miller showed a well-rounded game and his unselfish approach was refreshing. There's not much he can't do on the court. Miller can score, pass, handle, rebound and defend. He's a smooth athlete with a solid understanding and feel for the game.

Vargas did some solid work Monday at
the Reebok U Camp.

Eloy Vargas (6-9 PF, Plantation, Fla.) did some nice things Monday. Playing with Boynton, Vargas flashed the outside game he's best known, knocking down three's from the baseline and out top and burying a nice turnaround 15 foot elbow jumper. Vargas also blocked shots, had a couple offensive rebound put backs and made a nice coast to coast drive and dish.


Darrius Miller said he's going to narrow his recruiting focus very soon. Billy Gillespie (Kentucky), Billy Donovan (Florida), Bruce Pearl (Tennessee) and Richard Pitino (Louisville) all tracked the 6-foot-7 forward from Mason Co., Kentucky.

Eloy Vargas said he'll likely make a decision in the next month or so. Louisville, Ohio State, Florida, Florida State, Miami and Pittsburgh are in the mix. Donovan, Jamie Dixon (Pittsburgh) and Pitino were each spotted watching the 6-foot-10 forward.

Olek Cyzk will narrow his list down later this summer, take some visits and then make a college decision. He recently made unofficial visits to Louisville, Kentucky, Arizona State and says those three programs and Washington State and Pepperdine are showing him the most love. Those five, according to the 6-foot-7 Czyk, have offered scholarships.

Kenny Boynton, one of the top junior guards in the nation, picked up an offer from Duke on Monday. Louisville and Villanova, and the three Florida schools, have also offered. "Growing up, I wanted to go to Duke," Boynton said. "But I'm wide-open." Louisville, Florida State and Duke have all made the 6-foot-2 Boynton a priority recruit in the Class of 2009.

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