After signing with Florida, South Florida prep star Kenny Boynton Jr. has helped the Gators recruit another Broward guard, Brandon Knight of Fort Lauderdale Pine Crest.
GAINESVILLE -- Florida recruit Kenny Boynton Jr. and his family attended their first Gators basketbal game of the season on Saturday. Gator Clause caught up with Boynton Jr. at halftime, met the future Gator and his family and talked a little Florida Gators basketball.
Boynton Jr., a McDonald's All-American, is considered one of the best high school basketball recruits to ever come out of South Florida. After winning a Class 6A state championship with Pompano Beach Blanche Ely his sophomore season, Boynton Jr. transferred to Plantation American Heritage and led the Patriots to the Class 3A playoffs his junior and senior seasons. Next season, Boynton Jr. is expected to take the place of UF senior Walter Hodge in the Gators' starting line-up. [PICTURED, Sun-Sentinel, KBJ averaged over 30 points his senior year.]
"I'm hoping just to do whatever it takes to make my team win and make a run to the NCAA championship," Boynton Jr. said.
"Whatever it takes" has started early for Boynton Jr. He is already helping the Gators' coaching staff recruit another Broward County prep star, junior point guard Brandon Knight of Fort Lauderdale Pine Crest.
Knight, who will likely be named a McDonald's All-American next season, helped the Pine Crest Panthers win the Class 3A state championship on Friday in Lakeland. UF assistant coach Larry Shyatt attended the game. (An interesting side note to this story: Knight's Panthers defeated Boynton Jr. and his Patriots in the Class 3A playoffs. It apparently was a game for the ages.)
Knight is being recruited by Florida, Duke and UConn. Once thought to be a frontrunner to sign Knight, Florida now seems to be locked in a recruiting war with the Blue Devils and Huskies. Boynton Jr. is doing his part to lure Knight to Gainesville.
"I talked to Brandon yesterday, actually, after they won the states," Boynton Jr. said. "I remind him everyday but I don't overbear him."
Boynton Jr. is hopeful that Knight will choose the Gators. According to Boynton Jr., Knight's official visit to Florida will play a key role in receiving a commitment from the 2010 point guard prospect.
"I think when he comes on his visit, if he likes it, there's a good chance," Boynton Jr. said.
[PICTURED, These guys got no qualms playing together, according to KBJ (left).]
Boynton Jr. and Knight were teammates last summer during AAU ball. I've heard rumors that Knight and Boynton Jr. might not want to play in the same backcourt together, but on Saturday Boynton Jr. said those rumors are false. Still, Boynton Jr.'s and Knight's relationship might not be enough to sway Knight.
"[Knight] told me that he loves playing with me but I'm not sure what he's going to do right now," Boynton Jr. said. "This summer, me and him did really good. We won championships. I would love to get to the next level and play with Brandon."