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Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009 at 3:55 pm  |  17 responses

Video: Kenny Boynton Mix

This SG will put the Gators back on the map.

Words by Justin Walsh

Kenny Boynton Jr. is consistently destroying the state of Florida. He just passed Cornelius Ingram on the list of most points scored in the history of the state of Florida with 3,265 points as of Jan. 30. An interesting note—Ingram scored 3,252 in six seasons. Boynton isn’t even done with four.

Boynton has a serious chance of finishing the leading scorer in Florida HS basketball history, and all he needs is to get to 3,745 points by the end of the year. Needless to say, even his opponents are aware of the history surrounding the accomplishment.

“We played against Calvary Christian, and I was at the free-throw line…This was last week,” Boynton recalls. “The dude, he told me after the game to take off my shoe, give it to him and sign it. I thought he was joking. He was messing with me the whole game about it… I was talking to him, I just wasn’t going to give him my shoe.” It’s not totally new to him, Kenny signed his first autograph in 8th grade.

In 2008, Kenny decided to stay home and attend the University of Florida to play ball for Billy Donovan. He chose Florida over Duke and Texas. Part of the reason might be that it’s close to home, but it helps that the Gators recruited him initially in middle school. “Florida always had the upper hand because they were the home state program. They’ve been on me from day one.”

In an interview with Gator Country, Boynton’s coach Danny Herz reflected on the successful recruitment of the high profile guard:

“Coach Donovan did a great job recruiting him,” Herz says. “It’s hard to beat Coach Donovan when he wants an in-state kid and they did a fantastic job of recruiting him… not just Coach Donovan but his entire staff. All of them had a part in this and they did everything the right way. The most important thing is that Kenny is happy with this decision.”

The Gators recruiting class for this upcoming season could put Florida back in the discussion for teams to make a deep run in the tourney. It’s been a few years since Donovan had a loaded team, but with the addition of Kenny Boynton Jr., the Gators could once again be known for more than football.

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  • http://thecolddraft.blogspot.com ML

    Are we sure this isn’t Dajuan Wagner?

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    haha ML, fair enough, but I seriously doubt Kenny will have colon problems.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Good work…Mr. Walsh.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    appreciate it King Eboy. or do I call you Eman when it’s a formal thank you? who knows these days.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Ebizzle….going retro, circa 2000.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    alright. for formal thank you’s, I shall revert your moniker to Ebizzle.

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    Not bad, Justin. Not bad at all. I saw Boyton play last summer. He’s real talented.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    definitely, appreciate the look Tzvi. And Boynton has a bit of a flaw at teh FT line. for such a scorer, he can’t shoot FT’s (60% range)

  • http://where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    Dude seems to have some young Steph in his game. I just hope he doesn’t get caught up in life. Nice work, J-Dub.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Please break your commitment and come to Texas. please.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    ciolkstar, UT doesn’t need his commitment. Avery Bradley Jordan Hamilton and Shawn Williams are all top 100 recruits, and Avery & Jordan are top 10. Trust me, UT is fine. Florida really needs Kenny. Yes, he does have some steph, but he is more student of the game, less overhyped NY guard.

  • rob stewart

    What song is playing in the background?

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    rob, it’s a beat by FLAWLESS TRACKS. Basically, there are maaany talented beatmakers in the world, and for many of our mixes, we will buy the rights to a certain beat track and use it on our mixes. Some of the top online beat makers are Anno Domini Beats, FLAWLESS TRACKS, XO MUSIC…the list goes on. If you want to know anything else about the beats, music or tracks just let me know, I’ll see what I can do to help you out

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Justin Walsh maintains the title of my idol.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Moose maintains the idol of the next Jason Williams (or as the local Dallas color commentary called him during the 06 finals, THE WHITE TATTOOED HONKEY). When you get tattoos, make it to the league and get a west virginia accent, I’ll simply cry and say “I knew him when he was a moose, making his “A MOOSE TRACK”‘s on the ‘Bachi

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    And I’ll get you courtside seats, Justin. Actually, you’d be doing Game Notes for SLAM if it all goes accordingly :) . And once I’m in the L (snort) the Moose Tracks will still be up on Hib@chi. And you’d get press conference shout-outs all over the place :)

  • mike

    he needs to fix that shot and he lacks elite athleticism and size for the 2, no pg skills

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