Durand Scott Gets Closer to Decision; Boynton to Florida

October 30, 2008

The latest on Durand Scott (SG, 6’5″, 2009) is that he’s trimmed his list, and Miami is still in the mix, along with UConn and maybe Pitt. Scott had a long list of interested schools at one time but is making no bones about why some schools are no longer under consideration:

“All the other schools had something about them that I didn’t like, so that’s why they’re eliminated,” Scott said. “None of [the remaining] schools have things I don’t like.”

Meanwhile, Kenny Boynton (PG/SG, 6’2″, 2009) has made it official, he’s not coming to the ACC, he’s opting for Florida.


Kenny Boynton and the big game

October 11, 2008

Kenny Boynton (PG/SG, 6’2″, 2009), being heavily pursued by Duke and Georgia Tech, will have to be ready to play on bigger stages than ever before, more often than ever before, if he decides to come to the ACC, with a rabid fanbase and almost all games televised.

Boynton seems to be the type of player who would thrive in this environment, as evidenced in this story from the Miami Herald:

“I look forward to the big show,” said Boynton, who averaged a state-best 34.5 points as a Parade All-American a year ago. “I always want to put on a bigger performance so I could give fans their money’s worth and they could come back to watch me.”

John Henson and his sister

Meanwhile, UNC commit John Henson (SF, 6’10”, 2009) has relocated to the same state as Boynton, and ESPN has an article about Henson and his sister, Amber, who is also a solid basketball player, thinks that some of the attention she gets is because of her brother:

Amber says she doesn’t mind playing in her brother’s shadow. She thinks name recognition helped her.

“Now he’s doing his own thing and I am doing my own thing,” Amber said. “I kind of like it because his name’s out there and people [say] ‘That’s his sister; she must be good, too.’ Then I kind of get my shine.”

Maryland in in with 2009 big man

Oh, and Maryland is in the final two for big man Jordan Williams (PF, 6’10”, 2009), in competition with St. John’s.


Josh Selby goes with the SEC

September 22, 2008

With Josh Selby (PG, 6’2″, 2010) committing to Tennessee recently, we are obviously no longer tracking him as an ACC target. Bruce Pearl has gotten a couple of recruits from the 2010 basketball recruiting class recently. Although Pearl has built competitive teams, we’re yet to see that breakthrough of talent in the overall recruiting landscape that Memphis has recently experienced.

Kenny Boynton

Meanwhile, here’s a good read on Duke target Kenny Boynton (PG/SG, 6’2″, 2009), who is going through his on campus and in-home visits now:

One asset … that most overlook when evaluating Boynton, is that he has physique that is well equipped to handle the rigors of the college ranks, another would be his incredible leaping ability. He can also fill up the stat sheet by contributing with his scoring, defense, and surprisingly his rebounding ability at the guard spot.

Boynton is a very physical player, and it’s true that a lot of high school players are too slender to compete at the college level. Many of them are put on heavy weight programs over the summer before their freshman season, but some players do not put the value into these programs that they should. However, Boynton is already strong enough to play at the college level and should be able to focus almost entirely on his game.


Kenny Boynton – Leaning Towards Florida?

September 8, 2008

It’s been common thinking (whatever that’s worth, I guess) that Kenny Boynton (PG/SG, 6’2″, 2009) is down to two choices, with those two being Duke and Florida. However, Alex has a long interview with Boynton in which he states that the most important factor is his relationship with the coach, and even though Duke is recruiting him the hardest, he currently has better relationships with other coaches:

NB: Which coaches would you say you have the best relationship with right now?
KB: I’m going to say . . . CY, [Assistant] Coach Charlton Young from Georgia Tech, [Head] Coach Billy Donovan [from Florida], and [Assistant] Coach [Russell] Springmann from Texas.

NB: So, that left Duke and Memphis out of the list. Does that [make] them maybe a little bit lower down?
KB: No, Duke actually comes at me the hardest when they [are] here, but I just feel like I have a better relationship with those coaches, but they definitely come at me the hardest.

Kenny says that this is not related to the time that Coach K spent coaching the Olympic team, but it does (from Alex’s interview alone) sound like he might (sorry, Kenny, if I’m reading too much into this) be laying some groundwork for choosing another school. However, that is pure speculation on my part.

It’s also interesting to note that Texas and Georgia Tech are mentioned, but that his relationships there are primarily with assistant coaches, while his relationship with Florida is with head coach Billy Donavon.

One thing is certain, Boynton is a great player who will be an asset regardless of where he ends up.

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Maryland may miss out on Taylor

July 11, 2008

I meant to post this a few days ago, but Dante Taylor (PF, 6’8″, 2009) seems to really like Pittsburgh. If that holds true, then Maryland would be on the outside looking in for an in-state recruit, something Terp fans don’t want to hear right now. But these things can shift quickly, so you never know.

Kenny Boynton lives up to the hype

Kenny Boynton
Image from Philly.com (MICHAEL PEREZ / Inquirer Staff Photographer)

Duke target Kenny Boynton(PG/SG, 6’2″, 2009) is making headlines at the Reebok Camp. According to the story, Boynton has become a ‘lock’ to be named a McDonald’s All American.

Duke Basketball Recruiting is changing

This article from the Omaha World-Herald talks in depth about how Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski has had to change how he recruits:

Though Krzyzewski includes former Duke stars Grant Hill and Jason Williams in the same talent category as U.S. team members Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard, he said there was a time Duke avoided guys with the NBA in their eyes.

“Because they didn’t want to go to college,” he said. “Now that pool has to be recruited. But you still have to be careful to recruit the right ones.”

John Wall Update

At one time it was widely thought that Wall would end up at Memphis, but, to put it tactfully, “things have changed”. Wall’s new trimmed list includes Oregon, Oklahoma State and Baylor.

However, as recently as two days ago, Wall added Kansas, Kentucky and N.C. State. Interesting.


Kenny Boynton lists Duke, Georgia Tech and…

June 25, 2008

Scout.com reports that Kenny Boynton is getting ready to take his visits. But they are also reporting that Boynton’s list includes Georgia Tech.

He has reasons for ending up at all five schools on his list.

Meanwhile, Manny Atkins (SG\SF, 6’5″, 2009) is going to Virginia Tech. I haven’t seen Manny play much but maybe he will be playing in the GBOA South this weekend.


Kenny Boynton lists five

June 2, 2008

The Miami Herald is reporting that Kenny Boynton (6’2″, PG, 2009) is down to a list of five, which does not include Miami but does have some ACC schools: Florida, Memphis, Duke, Texas and Georgia Tech.

Most of the attention recently has been about Florida and Duke, so only time will tell if those schools emerge as the leaders. This list knocks out the Hurricanes, who are recruiting the PG position hard.


Lance Stephenson eliminates UNC; Kenny Boynton photos

June 1, 2008

It’s been thought for some time that Lance Stephenson [6’5″, SG, 2009] was no longer considering the Tar Heels, and now it’s been confirmed. His list is down to UCLA, USC and Kansas.

Kenny Boynton photos

Blue Devil Nation has some new photos of PG target Kenny Boynton [6’2″, PG, 2009].

Brandon Knight ACC interest

Brandon Knight [6’3″, PG, 2010] now has interest from Duke, Clemson and Miami.

J.T. Terrell ACC interest

J.T. Terrell [6’3″, SG, 2010] has offers from Wake Forest, Miami and Virginia.

Pangos All-American Camp

Meanwhile, several top players are in California for the Pangos All-American Camp.


ACC Basketball Recruiting Roundup, 5/26/2008

May 26, 2008

So much to get to today, we might as well dive right in…

Derrick Favors

According to this article which discussed the 2008 Bob Gibbons TOC, Derrick Favors ( 6’10”, PF, 2009 ) has narrowed his list to ….fourteen schools. Also, I never thought Favors fell out of the #1 spot and it seems like his play this weekend solidified that.

John Wall, Derrick Favors, Kenny Boynton video

Meanwhile, WRAL in Raliegh has posted some video of John Wall (6’3″, PG, 2009 ), Derrick Favors, Kenny Boynton (6’2″, SG, 2009 ) and others who participated in the TOC.

Florida in the mix for Kenny Boynton

Now it appears that Florida is in the thick of Boynton’s recruitment following a campus visit.

Dominic Cheek

Is Dominic Cheek ( 6’6″, SG, 2009 ) still being recruited by North Carolina? At one time, it was considered a lock, but now some people think things have cooled and UNC may not even be recruiting Cheek anymore. This may be the case, as Cheek now lists his schools as Villanova, Wake Forest, Kansas, Virginia, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Florida, Connecticut, Texas and Maryland. So Wake and Maryland are options, but no UNC is listed.

Nolan Dennis, Ryan Kelly

Meanwhile, two more UNC targets, Nolan Dennis ( 6’5″, SG, 2009 ) and Ryan Kelly ( 6’10”, PF, 2009 ) , played their games at the Dean Dome. Kelly has been coming on strong and looked good at the tournament. Dennis is a hot target for UNC right now.

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ACC Basketball Recruiting Roundup, 5/24/2008

May 24, 2008

Mason Plumlee excites Cameron

Future Duke big man Mason Plumlee (6’11”, PF, 2009) enticed fans at Cameron Indoor on Friday with a 14 point outing during his debut on Coach K Court.

Lorenzo Brown and NC State

Lorenzo Brown (6’5″, G, 2009) is an excellent guard and I’ve mentioned before that he seems to be leaning toward NC State, and a lot of Pack fans would like to see him commit while he’s playing in Raliegh this weekend.

Kenny Boynton scores 33

Duke and Miami target Kenny Boynton (6’2″, G) is one of the best guards in the class of 2009 and he put up 33 points in his TOC opener.