Kevin Durant is one of those rare prospects with length, athleticism, skill, and a great feel for the game. In fact, his coach Steve Smith at Oak Hill (Va.) Academy claims the No. 16 ranked player in the class of 2006 is the best player on his team. Durant, a 6-foot-9, 192-pound combo forward already has offers from several elite programs to choose from if he does indeed go to college.
“I know he has said that he has a interest going out west, and the two schools he likes out there are Arizona and Texas,” said Coach Smith. “Besides them he also have offers from and is considering Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina, Maryland, and Wake Forest.
“All of these schools are worried he won’t go to college. Personally, if he sees college, I’ll be shocked.”
Coach Smith continued to comment on Durant’s development.
“He only turned 16 last Wednesday,” said Coach Smith. “More than likely, he is still growing. After being here two years and playing around 75 games, traveling around the country, there is no telling how good he could be. If he shows up next year at around 6'10 and over 200-pounds, it will be up to him. He will have to make a decision about the NBA.”
Although Durant will play a lot of power forward for the guard heavy Oak Hill squad, his future position is at small forward. He has the skill base of a perimeter player already intact, and even though he is thin, he is not afraid to go down low to rebound or post up and score.
“He will be a three down the line,” said Coach Smith. “He is our most skilled player and 6-foot-9. He does need to work on defending the perimeter, and he knows he is thin. He is really a hard worker and has embraced the weight room. He is the last person in the gym and in the weight room.”