B/R's Prep Basketball Player of the Week (Part 3): Kenny Boynton Jr.
When speaking of players of the week,this candidate can arguably be the player of the year. I introduce you to Plantation, Florida's own (Kenny Boynton Jr.). Boynton has been blazing his way onto the prep scene since his sophomore year in high school attending American Heritage High. The 6'2 187 pound guard has been electrifying crowds with his unbelievable speed, and ability to get to the basket at will.
This summer Boynton went on a tear. Competing in almost every big tournament that went on this year. His AAU team "Team Breakdown" Would show every one at the RBK Summer Championships that last years runner up trophy wasn't a fluke. Kenny however seemed to be on somewhat of a mission taking on all who stood in his way!
This is one of those type of athletes who any coach would want to have on their team. Mixing an array of talented dribbling skills, and a pull up jumper that would leave any defender mystified, Boynton leaves high school gyms in flames after his performance's.
One asset that I feel 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.
There is a reason why he was chosen to participate in the Boost Mobile Elite 24 Classic for the past two years. "He is simply one of the best players in the nation". It is in my assumption that we will see a whole lot more of this young man. Barring injury; he will be an McDonald's All American next year, and what a time for him to be one, since the annual game will be played in Miami next spring. This will be the undeniable moment that will show those of us who aren't involved in grassroots basketball who and what he really is about.
''Kenny is terrific to coach,'' American Heritage coach Danny Herz said. 'All he wants to do is play, win, get better and make his teammates better. He's always smiling. He's a `Yes sir, no sir' kind of guy. There's nothing negative you can say about the kid, on or off the court. He's a gentle kid.''
Thats just what his coach had to offer. Lets see what his peers at school seem to think of this emerging star.
Boynton, who said the perks of being a basketball star come along with ''positive things like making friends quick,'' acclimated himself to his new classmates, no matter their ages, at American Heritage after he transferred from Blanche Ely over the summer.
''We have 2,500 kids here, but less than 1,000 in high school,'' Herz said. 'So there's 1,500 young kids on this campus every day. They almost seek out Kenny. They all yell as he goes by, `Kenny, Kenny.' He's so friendly with the young kids. He waves and he gives them five. He's become a guy that the young kids look up to.''
Said teammate Ray Taylor, a fellow junior and close friend, who has played with Boynton since he was 9: ``He's got kids waving. He actually gives a couple kids inspiration. He gives kids letters. That's the kind of person he is. He gets that a lot.''
Quotes taken by: BOB EMANUEL JR. of Miami Herald
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