Published: Monday, November 8, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, November 7, 2010 at 10:02 p.m.
Kenny Boynton proved he was capable of scoring in bunches during his freshman season at Florida.
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Consistency was another issue. Boynton, who led the Gators in scoring with 14 points, was hot and cold from the perimeter. He finished the season shooting 37.6 percent from the floor and 29.4 percent from 3-point range.
Over the summer, Boynton worked with Los Angeles-based shooting coach Bob Tate in an effort to refine his stroke. Boynton said he's focused on staying more balanced when he shoots and releasing the ball at his highest point.
"I feel like now when I shoot, I know if it's going in or I know if it's short," Boynton said. "I feel like I can read my shot on the release.
"My confidence is up. My confidence is right where it needs to be. I think I've just got to apply it to the game."
A former McDonald's All-American, Boynton displayed exceptional stamina and defensive ability as a freshman, which was why Florida coach Billy Donovan gave him the green light to shoot throughout his initial season. Donovan said he thinks Boynton's shooting percentage will improve with experience. Donovan has stressed the importance of shot selection to Boynton and starting point guard Erving Walker.
"I think he's figuring out and understanding a 40-minute game is a long period of time," Donovan said. "You play 35 minutes, it's a long time on the floor. Through patience and understanding how to play, points are gonna come and I think I've seen some growth in him in that area."
Donovan also expects Boynton, who averaged 2.7 assists per game last season, to spell Walker at point guard during stretches again this season. Besides shooting, Boynton said he focused on his refining his ball-handling skills. Boynton said he's looking to cut down on the 68 turnovers he had as a freshman.
"I'm excited to run the point this year," Boynton said. "I want to go out and show everybody that I can run the point a little more consistently."
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