Billy Donovan’s faith in Kenny Boynton’s jumper may be his undoing.
Florida’s sophomore guard worked diligently on his perimeter game during the offseason, taking thousands of jumpers a day. Anything to improve his 29.7 percentage from beyond the arc.
Eight games into the 2010-11 season, Boynton’s hitting 26.5 from 3-point land. He’s missed his last nine attempts and is now 13 of 49 for the season. (cringes) Yet is anyone stressed about it?
“I don’t worry about that because I’m not going to allow him to stop shooting,” Donovan told the Gainesville Sun. “What I want him to do is to take good shots.”
By good shots, I hope Donovan means drives to the basket, or at least pull-up jumpers. He’s making 60 percent of his twos. Boynton’s a gifted player. A gifted shooter? Not so much.
But again, Donovan’s all about maintaining Boynton’s confidence. At some point, things might change.
“I think when you look at the course of the season there’s gonna be a lot of ebbs and flows in shooting and what I always do is look at shooting percentage at the end of the year. And right now, he has not shot the ball well from the 3-point line. That’s definitely a fact,” Donovan told the paper. “The UCF game I thought not only him but a lot of our team took a whole lot of difficult tough shots. (Against American) he took great shots and it didn’t go in.”
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