When you're a 6-foot-10 205 pound jumping jack with a sweet perimeter stroke like Oak Hill Academy junior Kevin Durant, it's perfectly natural to think about the glamour, not to mention the paychecks, associated with making the jump to the NBA. However, Durant told us recently that right now he's just looking forward to the college experience.
"It really depends on my family's decision," Durant said. "If I was guaranteed to be a high first round pick, I might take it. Right now I'm just concentrating on school and playing well and then college down the road."
He told us that Texas, Kentucky, Connecticut, North Carolina, Duke, Georgia Tech, and Wake Forest are the teams that are recruiting him right now. He says that all have offered scholarships.
He's doing well in school at Oak Hill, currently holding a 3.0 GPA. He said he likes the remoteness of the Oak Hill campus situated in Mouth of Wilson, VA.
"I like that it's kind of in the middle of no where," Durant said. "It get's me away from the distractions at home and let's us just focus on books and ball."
Durant was extremely impressive at the PrimeTime Shootout in Trenton, NJ earlier this month. He has become more confident and more assertive with each passing game, and seems very comfortable playing inside as well as on the wing. He's always been a threat from beyond the arc, but he's recently added an efficient mid-range game as well as continuing to improve his game working off the dribble. His ability to run the floor and finish is rare in a player with his considerable length.
He said that he's averaging 19 points and 9 rebounds per game this season for Oak Hill, Currently ranked #7 nationally by the USA Today.
Rivals.com rates Durant #16 nationally in the Class of 2006.
He told us that he'd be playing this spring and summer with the DC Blue Devils, and would attend the Nike All America Camp in July.