``Last year we didn't live up to expectations at all," Jackson said. "I was loaded with frontline players, but in the summer, guards dominate – and this year, we have dynamite guards."
Durant, a versatile forward who can knock down the 3-pointer and also take it strong to the basket, will be the focal point of the offense and lead the way up front. Mike Freeman, a 6-8 junior who played this past season at Hayfield High (Va.) after transferring from Montrose Christian, will likely start at power forward while Notre Dame Academy (Va.) 6-11 junior Lucas Stien should get the call in the middle.
Gwynn Park's Corey Allmond will give the team some depth and penetration ability off the bench in the backcourt – and South Lakes (Va.) 6-3 ½ sharpshooter Ryan Scott should bring in instant offense. Matt Hewson, a 7-1 junior from Virginia, should give the team another big body.
``We're totally different than a year ago," Jackson said. "We have better guards and our frontcourt will be fine with Lucas and Matt. We have at least two high-major Division 1 kids with Kevin and Tywon." ``A lot of teams will probably underestimate us because of our size," Durant added. "Last year's team was huge, but our guards will be really good and I think that will be important."
D.C. Blue Devils (Washington, D.C.)
Coaches: Rob Jackson, Dale Deberry
Top Prospect: F Kevin Durant (6-8, 185, SOPH)
Projected Starters: G Eric Price (6-1, JR); PG Tywon Lawson (5-10, 170, SOPH); BF Mike Freeman (6-8, 210, JR); C Lucas Stien (6-11, JR)
Others: G Corey Allmond (5-10, SOPH); F Robert Diggs (6-7, 180, JR); WG Ryan Scott (6-3, JR); C Matt Hewson (7-2, JR)
Opening Tourney: Boo Williams (Va.) – April 9-11
Famous Alum: Mike Sweetney