Wolfpack recruiting; More on Emmanuel Negedu

May 22, 2008

Wolfpack target Thomas Robinson

Special thanks to The Sports Idiot, who covers all things Pack, for the news that NC State is recruiting Thomas Robinson (6’7″, PF, 2009), out of Riverdale Baptist in Maryland and playing AAU ball for the Squash All Beefs. Robinson just arrived on the national recruiting scene and an offer from NC State is not known at this time, but he does have offers from Georgia and George Washington.

There are several ACC schools who are interested in Robinson in addition to the Pack, including Boston College, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

More on Emmanuel Negedu

When Emmanuel Negedu (6’7″, PF, 2008 ) pulled out of his commitment to Arizona and opened it up for four new schools (including Georgia Tech), immediately Indiana and Tennessee seemed likely possibilities. Indiana has already shown interest, as has Memphis (who sees him as a replacement for Dorsey), so the Yellow Jackets will have to work hard to make their case.

Kenny Boynton Dribbling Drillmaster

Okay, so I asked my analyst buddy why he thinks Kenny Boynton will play PG in college, and he told me that Kenny can shoot like a scoring guard but his size and ballhandling would make him more effective at the point, like Jay Williams was at Duke. Then he sent me this video link to show that Boynton really can handle the ball:

So, basically, if Boynton goes to a college where he will play point, he could be devastating. Duke is pushing for Kenny hard, and it seems like the big stage in Durham would be attractive to a player of his caliber, but Miami is close to home and could offer Boynton the opportunity to run the show like Derrick Rose did for Memphis. Right now, with John Wall becoming the top PG but seemingly headed out of the ACC, Boynton is a very hot ACC prospect.


Miami Recruiting Notes, 2009

May 15, 2008

Miami has come a long way under coach Frank Haith, and with wings and bigs coming in from the Class of 2008, they will have to either develop their point guard play or recruit some playmakers. Without focusing too much on the current roster, Miami’s recruiting has focused a lot on PG, having offered scholarships to John Wall (6’3”), Kenny Boynton (6’2”), Peyton Siva (5’11”), Michael Dixon (6’1”), Mfon Udofia (6’2”), Ben Eblen (6’0”) and Taariq Muhammad (6’2”).

Peyton Siva’s current list has eliminated the Hurricanes, but the offers are telling. Miami is focusing hard on trying to get a good point guard. In state player Kenny Boynton is an elite talent who is often listed as a SG, and Miami really wants him, but they are competing with Duke, Florida and UConn. I don’t think John Wall is even considering Miami. But the context remains the same, Miami’s staff has made it clear that a PG is a huge priority for 2009.


Kenny Boynton, Miami in the mix

May 8, 2008

The Miami Herald has a story which mentions ACC target Kenny Boynton and how the University of Miami hasa real shot to get him:

Plantation American Heritage basketball coach Danny Herz said UM ”has a legitimate chance” to land junior guard Kenny Boynton, the state’s leading scorer the past two years and rated No. 7 nationally by rivals.com. A late-summer decision is expected.


Dominic Cheek says UNC commit is just a rumor

April 27, 2008

Rivals is reporting that Dominic Cheek(SG, 6’5”) is still wide open on his recruitment and the recent notion that he was close to signing with North Carolina was just a rumor. He also states that Kansas, Tennessee and Florida have gotten involved in his recruitment.
Kenny Boynton, more shooting guard than point
Jerry Meyer states that Duke target Kenny Boynton(6’2”, SG) is a shooting guard with a good handle, as opposed to a pure point guard. Jerry muses about Duke’s chances with one of the top high school players in the class of 2009.

Dexter Strickland to play in Beach Ball Classic

UNC commit Dexter Strickland (6’3”, 180) will be playing in the 2008 Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, SC. The games will be played June 13-14 at Coastal Carolina’s Watson Stadium. I think I might try to go to that event.


Kenny Boynton at the Real Deal

April 21, 2008

ACC target Kenny Boynton was named the MVP of The Real Deal on the Hill, which took place in Arkansas this weekend. Boynton, a 6’2″ PG from Florida is reportedly very high on the Duke Blue Devils’ coveted list as well as Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami and Wake Forest.

Boynton has stated that he has no leader at this time.


Derrick Favors is Consistent

April 19, 2008

The latest on Favors’ recruitment is officially that he is considering “all” schools, and spectators are commenting on his consistency as a player. Regarded by most as the top prospect of the 2009 class, Favors’ Atlanta Celtics pounded their first over matched opponent in the Real Deal at the Hill.

The Real Deal at the Hill tournament is played at the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, AK), through Sunday (April 20), with only $8 all-day tickets. This is not some out of the way tournament for just Favors, there are several ACC recruits scheduled to play, including Kenny Boynton.

Arkansas is the center of the prep basketball universe this weekend with the Old School Super Regional going on in Conway, AK, with tickets only $10.

Jordan Classic on ESPN2

For those not traveling to Arkansas, you can catch some of the top prep stars from the Class of 2008 on ESPN2 tonight at 9pm in the Jordan Brand Classic. Good chance to see some guys who might be household names for ACC fans in the next couple of years.

ACC commits:

Al-Farouq Aminu, F (Wake Forest)
Ed Davis, PF (North Carolina)
Iman Shumpert, PG (Georgia Tech)
Tony Woods, PF (Wake Forest)

One guy who is not coming to the ACC and will probably be one-and-done is point guard phenom Brandon Jennings, but I still like to watch him play. He plays with the arrogant abandon of of someone who is one step quicker than everyone on the court.


Video: Dexter Strickland, Dominic Cheek, Kenny Boynton

April 19, 2008

Some more video of several players, including UNC commit Dexter Strickland and ACC targets Dominic Cheek, Lance Stephenson and Kenny Boynton can be found here.

These clips are pretty good, just highlight moves and some slow motion replays. Hard to tell from these clips, but Strickland’s follow through looks pretty good. He may have a little “sharp right turn” at the end of his shot, which could be a bit of a problem when he’s covered by bigger guards in the ACC (shots have to be a lot more accurate when you’re guarded by a guy two inches taller than you and every bit as fast), but whenever I’ve seen him, his shots are almost always in transition – his shot may not have any flaws, it could just be the momentum of the particular play.

Kenny Boynton has a nice running jumper, although on his three pointers I noticed a little tendency to “slingshot” a little bit. Of course, I’m more of the school that thinks consistency of shot may be more valuable than form. I do tend to notice little things about player’s shots. Boynton plays pretty much like a shooting guard, which at 6’2″ he can get by with in college. I think he might struggle initially if he had to handle the ball against pure point guards, but he can handle the ball well enough for a SG. He tends to carry the ball a little bit, which can turn into a full blown problem when facing a little guy with good hands. Boynton does seem to have nice body control, even in the lane. He can take a bit of contact, alter his shot and finish.


Kenny Boynton setting visits

April 18, 2008

Rivals is reporting that ACC recruit Kenny Boynton has started setting up his visits[Subscription Required].

ACC Schools recruiting Boynton include Duke, Miami, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech and Florida State, although I’ve heard that Duke is really gunning for him.
Boynton was also just named to the Florida first-team All-State.

I haven’t seen Boynton play in person yet, so I will have to either travel to an event he’s at, get him on film, or fly down to Florida next season.