Boynton ready for challenges at UF

Florida guard Kenny Boynton is ready to be a leader.

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Published: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 3:21 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 3:21 p.m.

Since his freshman year, Kenny Boynton has proven his ability to score in bunches at Florida.


Kenny Boynton

Height: 6-2
Weight: 190
Favorite Movie: Friday
Dwight Howard will do — for the Lakers this season: “Win, we're going to win it all, I'm a Lakers fan.”

The Florida senior is just 501 points shy of Ronnie Williams' school record of 2,090 points.

But the Gators are going to need more from Boynton in order to have a successful 2012-13 season, including more leadership and more time playing point guard.

Boynton is prepared for the challenge.

“I'm trying to be a more vocal leader, telling the freshmen the plays, putting them in the right positions,” Boynton said. “Simple things like that. When we get into games when the team is down, (I'm) trying to pick them up.”

Boynton spent part of the offseason in Las Vegas to work on his conditioning. He played mostly point guard against a group that included Cleveland Cavaliers forward Dion Waiters, former Xavier standout Tu Holloway and former Georgetown standout Hollis Thompson.

Scottie Wilbekin will start the season as UF's point guard, but Boynton said he expects to play 50-50 with Wilbekin at the point, depending on matchups. That will help Boynton show NBA scouts that he is capable of being a combo guard at the pro level.

“Being a point guard it's just decision-making, being patient, not forcing things,” Boynton said. “If you have the open shot, take it, if you can get to the hole, get there. If there's an open guy, get the ball to him, create shots.”

Defensively, Boynton said he would like to get back to the level he was at as a sophomore, when he was one of the top lock-down defenders in the Southeastern Conference. Offensively, Boynton said playing more point guard should help expand his ability to score.

“When I first got here, I can honestly say I didn't like going to the hole at all, pretty much was an outside shooter or a fast-break layup,” Boynton said. “I think I'm creating my shots better and my mid-range (game) pretty much is good right now.”

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