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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ACC Basketball Recruiting Roundup, 6/17/2008

June 17, 2008

So lots of stuff to get into…

Emmanuel Negedu, Memphis dunkasaurus session

Emmanuel Negedu (6’7″, PF, 2008 ) is expected to make his decision this week. So far the quietest visits were Tennesee and Georgia Tech, but lots of writers chimed in on his Indiana and Memphis visits. The consensus from the outside looking in has been that Indiana did not impress him as much as they wanted but the Memphis visit went well. One highlight of the Tiger visit was Negedu showing off his dunkability:

After the practice was over, Negedu stepped on the court and demonstrated his jumping ability. I had heard a rumor that he could stand underneath the basket, jump up and touch his forehead on the rim. While I did not see him do this, I can say that I think it is very possible. Negedu, while wearing flip flops, showed off a variety of windmill and backwards dunks.

Okay, flip-flops? I am equally impressed and worried that he would slip and fall, probably tearing his ACL in a season ending collapse. I seriously hope the ‘flip-flops’ weren’t those flimsy shower slippers and maybe something with a buckle? I mean, windmill dunks in flip-flops…who are you, Evel Knievel? (for all you kids out there, Mr. Kneival was a daredevil motorscylist from way back in the day…)

Meanwhile, Adam Zagoria has spoken to Negedu’s prep schoool coach, who plays it close to the vest…but this should all be over this week.

John Henson and the national team

So it turns out John Henson (6’10”, SF/PF, 2009, UNC) wasn’t snubbed for the US basketball U-18 team:

One of the fastest-rising prospects in recent years, Henson was asked to compete for a spot on the national team but didn’t want to miss Nike’s LeBron James Skills Academy in Akron from July 5-9.

So Henson just decided to go a different way, NOT USA Basketball ignoring him.


image courtesy Scout.com

Doron Lamb’s ‘dream school’

Meanwhile, it looked like Doron Lamb (6’4″,SG,2010) a Duke, Maryland and Georgia Tech target, was favoring Louisville, but now he says there is no leader although Syracuse is his ‘dream school’. Looks like it will be tough to get him away from the Big East. Maybe, if that that’s true, Maryland has the best shot?

Dante Taylor

Our boy Alex Schwartz is the man when it comes to talking to some of the best prospects in the East. Check out this awesome interview with offensive stud Dante Taylor (6’8″, PF, 2009), who is a Maryland target. Although it seems like he’s gettin’ a lot of Big East love, Maryland needs an inside scorer in the worst way.


Emmanuel Negedu, assistants a factor?

May 25, 2008

As expected, Tennessee is an option for Emmanuel Negedu (6’7″, PF, 2008), the best available player now from the 2008 class, and it seems that one of the reasons being cited for his pulling out of his commitment to Arizona is the turnover in assistant coaches.

If that’s true, it would seem that Memphis might have the edge considering that Josh Pastner, the AZ assistant who recruited Negedu to the Wildcats is now with Memphis. Of course, Pastner is aware of this and has made overtures to convince Negedu to stay at Arizona, and often with these situations, the players do not follow the coaches as you might think.