Florida freshman guard Kenny Boynton has displayed flashes of his McDonald’s All-American ability through the first 10 games this season.
But it’s also been a struggle for Boynton to get on track from the perimeter. Boynton is shooting 37 percent from the floor and 21.9 percent from 3-point range.
In the closing minutes Florida’s 56-53 loss to Richmond, Boynton took a quick 3-point attempt in an effort to answer a big 3-pointer from Richmond’s David Gonzalvez. It clanked off the iron, capping an 0-for-6 shooting night from beyond the arc.
The rushed shot was an example of Boynton’s freshman growing pains.
“Kenny may have taken some bad shots, but I think the same thing can be said of the rest of our team,” Florida coach Billy Donovan said. “Guys are going to have ups and downs. He’s got to have the freedom to take good shots, to take unchallenged shots.”
Boynton’s form is somewhat unconventional, he brings the ball high over his head in his release and darts line drives toward the basket. But Donovan has not been one to tinker with a shooter’s form during the season. During Joakim Noah’s three-year career, Donovan chose to allow Noah to maintain his chest-high side-winding delivery because Noah was most comfortable shooting that way.
Donovan said he is giving Boynton more rope with his shot selection because of his willingness to play hard on defense and provide valuable minutes backing up Erving Walker at point guard.
“He and Erving Walker, when you look at it, are our only two guys on our team right now with a positive assist-to-turnover ratio,” Donovan said. “You want to maintain a guy’s aggressiveness because sometimes guys like (Kenny) can get on streaks for you. As long as he’s taking good shots, then I’m OK with that.”