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Heritage guard Boynton Jr. commits to UF

GAINESVILLE -- Plantation American Heritage senior guard Kenny Boynton Jr. committed to Florida and Gators coach Billy Donovan on Thursday. Boynton Jr. announced his decision on ESPNU.

Boynton Jr. (6-2, 187 pounds) made official visits to UF, USC and Georgia Tech. He visited UF last weekend for the homecoming festivities. Boynton Jr. attended Gator Growl and the football game. He's rated as one of the top recruits in the country for the 2009 recruiting cycle, according to both Rivals.com and Scout.com. He is ranked No.13 in the nation in the ESPNU Top 100.

"I took numerous visits to all the schools that were recruiting me and on my Florida visit I was very comfortable," Boynton Jr. said. "Me and Billy Donovan, we have a great relationship and we just clicked."

Boynton Jr. is an excellent shooter, great perimeter defender and can drive to the basket with authority. Most of all, Boynton Jr. is a ferocious competitor and the importance of that addition to the current Gators' basketball roster cannot be overstated.

"Next year I feel I'm going to be a big piece of the team and we're going to try to get to the Final Four," said Boynton Jr., who joins fellow 2009 UF commitments Erik Murphy (6-10 forward of Southborough, Mass) and Deshawn Painter (6-9 forward of Chatham, Va.).

Boynton Jr. began his high school career at Pompano Beach Ely, winning a state championship with the Tigers in 2007 before transferring to American Heritage. Along the way, Boynton has played AAU basketball for Team Breakdown, a powerhouse hoops program in South Florida.

Current UF freshmen Ray Shipman (Miami Monsignor Pace) and Eloy Vargas (Plantation American Heritage) played with Boynton for Team Breakdown.

"We're real cool friends," Shipman said during UF's preseason basketball media day. "I talked to [Boynton Jr.] when he came up here just to visit. Me, Kenny and Eloy all played together so it'd be crazy if all of us get to reunite."

According to Boynton Jr., Donovan used a creative technique during the early stages of the recruiting process. The coach traveled to Fort Lauderdale equipped with a dart gun for a home visit with Boynton Jr.

"He laid a dart gun down and he said he wanted me to shoot him if he was talking recruiting," Boynton Jr. said. "Unfortunately by the end of the night I didn't shoot him with a dart gun, so I guess he did a good job."

-jo-

Kenny Boynton Jr. Highlight Video

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This would be a huge signing for our program. Boyton is very, very good news! jo, can you update us immediately with just a short post saying he committed or he didn't???

Will do. I'll just edit this post.

-jo-

Awesome. Will be back at 6:35.

Nice video. Sure the kid has hops. Still, video doesn't overly impress me. Show me the kid sticking to someone like glue, making a steal, blocking a shot. I"m no basketball guru but that video looked flashy, not gritty.

The only problem with top recruits is that they only play 1 year and then move on.

Pretty sure defensive highlight videos are hard to come by, but I get your point. Boynton is a shooter first and defender second. That will have to change at UF. The definitely has plenty of grit, though. I covered him for more than one season in Broward. He's legit.

-jo-

Great pickup! This kid is gonna rock! He has had so much adversity in life, for him to be playing D-1 B-ball is amazing! Dude's Dad is serving double life, his older brother was killed in front of him when he was 12, and his Mom has been in and out of jail for hitting the crack pipe! Dude sounds like he was raised by wolves or something! Welcome!

Go Gators!

This is great news.

Every win from here forward is crucial...


Even though Virginia (FORTY EIGHT TO NOTHING)will crush DuhU, recruits are already seeing Randy for the lying fraud that he is. They know his days are numbered. Terrible team, terrible coaches, terrible stadium, terrible crowds, terrible future. Throw Jacory a huge send-off party. He's as good as gone.

Isn't this funny?????????? I'm such a funny little girl, posting on the U board all day long.

Every win from here forward is crucial...


Even though Virginia (FORTY EIGHT TO NOTHING)will crush DuhU, recruits are already seeing Randy for the lying fraud that he is. They know his days are numbered. Terrible team, terrible coaches, terrible stadium, terrible crowds, terrible future. Throw Jacory a huge send-off party. He's as good as gone.

Coke,

Just wondering, but why so much hate for Miami? It's not like UF plays Miami every season anymore, a la FSU.

-jo-

Randy is getting pounded by the SEC. Do your homework fool. Recruits are fleeing to the north. They all see the U and it's laughable stadium, coaching, fan base, and LYING coach for what they are....a JOKE.

IT's OVA FOOLS

Coke,

Just wondering, but why so much hate for Miami? It's not like UF plays Miami every season anymore, a la FSU.

-jo-

Posted by: Goody | October 31, 2008 at 11:25 AM

CokeCanes/canesrule = small pp!

TIME TO BUY A CORVETTE

The level of bitterness against the U that people like canesrule feel it necessary to constantly throw out is simply amazing. I'd like to hear the real reason(s) behind this continual need to insult and demean UM and everyone connected with it...because it certainly speaks volumes about their own pathetic lives, not to mention demeaning the other school(s) they supposedly "support". People like these who have nothing better on their alleged "minds" than trying to tear others down to their own miserable level are losers in the true meaning of the word.

Posted by: mighigancane | October 31, 2008 at 12:11 PM

Bryce has gone soft on U. He'll NEVER land in Miami. Kiss him goodbye. The end has just begun. Jacory and Bryce can get together and laugh about DUH U.

IT"S OVA

By the way Goody, CokeCanes is also:

13-1 hoist the cup...
canesrule
Blue
Kehoe left a steamer on the U...

He has been having a running battle with a guy on our blog who he thinks is me! If it was not SO sad, it would be funny! The guy is the biggest loser on the web. I have never seen hatred for another team like this in my life! He leaves 10 posts on our blog to one on yours, and he's a Gator fan???????

He thinks I have 10 other alias' on the blogs! I do think that there are others who are messing with him (canesrule 9 'ships, etc.) but he deserves it! He pretends to be them, and posts the most heinous garbage you could imagine.

No one would ever comment about this LOSER again if he would stay off of the Miami blog! As far as WE are concerned, he is your problem! At the very least stop communicating with the guy until he grows up!

Somebody needs to baker act Mr. CokeCanes. By the way, CokeCane, the true cane fan, I think it's time you change your name, because the multiple personality thing, is starting to make everyone crazy.

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