Kevin Durant, a 6-foot-9, 190-pound forward from National Christian Academy (Md.) has unlimited potential.
It is as simple as that.
The sophomore gets better and better each time he steps onto the hardwood and gains more confidence against every top-notch recruit he matches up with. That's why high-majors are jumping at the chance to land him early.
After seeing the No. 22 player in the class of 2006 for the first time last weekend at the Capitol Invitational, we wrote, “He’s 6-foot-9, he can handle the rock, he attacks the basket, he can block shots and he’s getting better all at the same time.” That was after a game against a talent-laden Playaz Basketball Club team.
Just a day later, his confidence grew even more against Greg Paulus and Andray Blatche-led SRAP team. Durant was aggressive in his drives to the cup and fought hard for points against one of the top big men in the nation.
“I have a chance to do that every tournament, I think,” Durant said. “I heard there was a big name that we played (last week at the Boo Williams Invitational). Julian Wright is what his name was. I wanted to make a name for myself by having a good game against him. So this tournament, I just wanted to do the same.
“I want to go out every tournament and prove myself. Sometimes people think I’m too thin to do well but I want to show that I can play with the big boys.”
The big boys, the big college boys, are watching him, too. Durant rattled off Georgia Tech, Louisville, Syracuse, North Carolina, Michigan, Pittsburgh and Maryland as the schools that are recruiting him.
We will see Durant and his D.C. Blue Devils for the third straight week this weekend at the biggest and baddest tournament in the country - the Kingwood Classic. Stay tuned for live updates from the venue.