Rivals.com's No. 2 ranked player in the Class of 2006 will come off the board this afternoon when 6-foot-10 wing forward Kevin Durant from Oak Hill Academy makes his college decision public. Rivals.com spoke with legendary Oak Hill coach Steve Smith today for the scoop on where Durant is heading.
Coach Rick Barnes from Texas is doing the two-step today, as Texas has landed aguably their highest rated recruit in the history of the program.
"He's going to Texas," coach Smith said. "Kevin felt like it was the best fit for him individually. It's not a knock against the other schools, but Texas just felt right for whatever reason."
Durant averaged 19.5 points and 8 rebounds to lead Oak Hill in both categories this past season. Oak Hill finished 34-2 and ranked #1 in the nation by the USA Today.
"He's 6-foot-10 and only 16 years old," Smith said. "At that size we can post him up, but he's really a perimeter player. He's very skilled, he handles it well, and he's a good passer. Kevin shot 42% on three pointers last year and took over 150 of them. I really like his in between game, and his ability to shoot the 15-17 footer. He is great at the one dribble pull-up, which you hardly ever see anymore. Offensively, he really has no weaknesses other than physical strength. He's just a natural perimeter guy who could even play a little guard someday."
Durant chose Texas over offers from North Carolina and Connecticut. He visited all three campuses officially this spring.