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GatorZone.com Senior Writer
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Kenny Boynton’s climb up the University of Florida scoring charts will continue.
Boynton, the junior guard and leading scorer for the Gators during their run to the Elite Eight, announced Thursday via his Twitter account that he would be back for his senior season.
To confirm the questions being ask lately I have reached a decision and I am returning to Gainesville for my senior season #go gators
The 6-foot-2, 189-pounder from Pompano Beach averaged 15.9 points during the 2011-12 season, bringing his three-year total to 1,589 points, the seventh-most in UF’s 96-year history. Boynton will start his final season 502 points from breaking the school’s all-time scoring record of 2,090 points, held the last 28 years by forward Ronnie Williams (1981-84).
Boynton considered bypassing his final collegiate season to play professionally, preferably in the NBA. His parents came to Gainesville Tuesday and with their son huddled with UF coach Billy Donovan to discuss the player’s future.
The NBA’s underclassmen advisory committee estimated Boynton as, at best, a late-second round pick to undrafted. The better option, the family decided, was to return to school, get his degree and hopefully improve on the facets of his game -- such as rebounding and passing -- that Boynton built on during the Gators’ late-season run.
In addition to his team-leading scoring average, Boynton shot 40.7 percent from 3-point range (making 110 of 270 attempts, both team highs), as well as 75.4 percent from the free throw line to go with 2.7 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game. His 31.6 minutes per game were second only to freshman guard Bradley Beal.
Speaking of Beal, the first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection who was sensational during UF’s tournament run, is still considering whether to forgo his sophomore season and enter the draft.
Beal’s situation is different. He’s projected as a lottery pick. Some mock draft -- including that of ESPN draft analyst Chad Ford -- have Beal as a top-five selection, but the NBA board feedback was more conservative with their estimates, placing him as a potential top-10 to late-lottery selection.
The NBA deadline for early entry is April 29 and Beal, who Donovan described last week as “really torn” by his pending decision, could take his announcement to the final few days.