Top 2009 Prospect Watches the Canes

Kenny Boynton, one of the top players nationally in the 2009 class, was in the stands watching Miami as they defeated Georgia Tech Sunday night.

In Miami's first ACC home game of the season, the ‘Canes faced off against 21st ranked Georgia Tech. Among the 4,000 plus that were in attendance, a few local recruits also took in the action.

In the stands was Kenny Boynton, Jr., one of the top five players in the nation in the Class of 2009, a sophomore at Pompano Beach's Ely High School.

The 6-foot-2 shooting guard enjoyed his first ever game at the BankUnited Center and got a treat as Miami beat Georgia Tech 90-82 Sunday night.

While Miami is not known for its basketball and is trying to build a tradition under Frank Haith, Boynton was impressed with the raucous environment.

"I think they got a good crowd environment. This is my first time coming to a UM game, but they are looking real good," Boynton said.

Boynton, who is being recruited by virtually every school in the country, says he has no favorites although he did mention all the Florida schools including Miami, Florida and Florida State, as well as Georgia Tech and UConn as some of the schools that are recruiting him.

"All the Florida schools are recruiting me, Georgia Tech and UConn as well," Boynton said. "There are no favorites right now. I used to like North Carolina and Duke, but they are so many schools, you never know."

Boynton had no intention in making an early commitment the way some other big time prospects in the past have made around the country although he does wish the recruiting process would go away at times.

"Sometimes I feel that way," Boynton said. "But it will probably be sometime in the middle of my senior year when I make a decision."

At the present time, Boynton, who maintains a 3.5 grade point average, is trying to lead his Tigers to Lakeland and The Final Four.

"We are 5-0 right now and trying to get to state," Boynton said.

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