As the No. 12 ranked player in the class of 2009, Kenny Boynton knows the expectations are high for him each time he steps out onto the floor at Pompano (Fla.) Ely High School.
His strength is scoring and finishing nearly everything around the basket. But none of that matters this year, the 6-foot-2 guard says, unless he brings home the hardware.
"I got to win the state this year," Boynton said. "Last year we lost real early in districts. I don't want to do that again."
Boynton averaged 22 points a game as a freshman for his Ely club that finished 16-10. This year, he said, his game is about winning and improving the level of play for his team.
"Right now I'm passing the ball more. Last year I was just shooting the ball but now I'm passing it around," Boynton said. "I had to round the game out. Scoring is good but when your team is losing, you gotta readjust."
Boynton was one of the top performers at the Breakdown Battle for the Rankings camp in Orlando last weekend. At Ely, he has been showing off his game to the steady flow of coaches that have come by to see him.
Boynton said Pitt, Maryland, Georgia Tech, Florida, Florida State, Tennessee, Connecticut, Miami, Florida Atlantic, Florida International and Georgia Southern have all made the trek to Ely this season.
He also said the Florida schools have offered a scholarship early. He made the quick trip over to Miami to see the Hurricanes play the Seminoles on the gridiron.
"I'm going to wait, not as long as I can but I know I'm not doing anything early," he said.
Besides, he has some games to win this season anyways.