GAINESVILLE -- Plantation American Heritage shooting guard Kenny Boynton, Jr. made his commitment to Florida official today, signing with the Gators and UF coach Billy Donovan. Boynton is the most highly rated basketball recruit out of South Florida in quite some time. Rivals.com lists him as the No.7-rated player of the 2009 recruiting cycle.
"The one thing [Boynton] provides for out team is he's an explosive scorer," Donovan said. "The one thing people don't really talk about enough with him is he's a great competitor and a great defender. That's very, very rare. A lot of times with high school kids you see a lot of great scorers but they don't play the other end of the floor and they don't guard. He's a great defender. He's a lockdown-type of defender."
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Donovan went head-to-head with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski for Boynton's services and won. So landing Boynton is kind of a big deal. Looking forward here at Gator Clause, we can't help but speculate whether or not KBJ's signing with the Gators will lead to another Broward County prep star committing to the Gators.
Brandon Knight, a point guard for Coral Springs Pine Crest, is the top-rated point guard of the 2010 recruiting class and the No.2 overall prospect in the country. Knight and Boynton are close friends (after being mortal enemies for awhile) and played for the same AAU team, Team Breakdown, which also helped send power forward Eloy Vargas (Plantation American Heritage) to UF.
Like Boynton, Knight (6-3, 175 pounds) has been offered scholarships from every major college basketball in the country. If UF lands Knight, then the Gators could have the best backcourt in the country for at least two straight seasons. Here's how it could play out...
Let's assume Donovan convinces UF guard Nick Calathes to stick around for his junior season. Calathes, now a sophomore, would then be coupled with Boynton, currently one of the best high school shooting guards in the nation. Calathes then leaves UF for the NBA after the 2009-2010 season, making room for Brandon Knight to assume the Gators' starting point guard duties for the 2010-2011 season.
Mark it down.