6-foot-9, 204-pound Kevin Durant of Suitland, Md., has put on 12-pounds since this summer’s Nike All-American Camp and is on his way to realizing the potential that makes him one of the elite prospects in the class of 2006. Talk of the NBA already swirl around the Oak Hill Academy combo forward, but Durant realizes that he still has a way to go before he is ready for The League.
“I definitely want to go to college,” said Durant, presently the No. 16 ranked player in the class of 2006. “I doesn’t matter how long I stay there before I am ready for the pros. Right now I am not physically or mentally ready for the NBA.”
Durant then listed Wake Forest, Texas, Connecticut, Kentucky and Georgia Tech as the five schools that he is considering. All five have offered.
Yet, when asked what he would do if he were to be a lottery pick in the 2006 NBA Draft, Durant said he did not know what he would do.
Blessed with a vicious combination of length, athleticism and skill, Durant has the gifts of a future NBA player. Strength and aggressiveness are the characteristics that he must improve to be effective at the highest level. His transferring to Oak Hill was a first step to ensure this improvement.
“It was a great decision,” said Durant about his move to Oak Hill. “I’m getting better as a player and a person.”
Durant was very effective against Lanier High School on Friday night in Marshall Co., scoring 22 points on 10 of 17 shooting from the field with 2 of 3 coming from behind the arc. He also had 10 rebounds.
In the Oak Hill loss against Flossmoor High School, Durant was not nearly as aggressive both offensively and defensively, yet he still registered 12 points and 10 rebounds.