Geek's Notebook: Kevin Durant

Get a closer look at Kentucky's 2006 hoops targets by reading straight from the notebook of <i>Inside Kentucky</i> recruiting analyst Greg Hoover. In this edition - 2005 post player Kevin Durant.

Kevin Durant
6-9, 245
Oak Hill Academy (Va.)

Kevin Durant is progressing very well. He is still polishing his game with Coach Steve Smith at Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, VA but the talent is very evident.

Kevin and his teammates had to play two games on successive nights against two very good national ranked HS teams. Oak Hill played Jackson Lanier on Friday, December 3, and Homewood-Flossmor on Saturday, December 4, both the last games of those sessions at the Marshall County (KY) Hoop Fest.

Against Jackson Lanier he has 22 points, on 10 of 17 shooting including 2 of 3 from 3-point range. Kevin also pulled down 10 rebounds. Blocks were not counted, but we had him with 5 blocks.

He is thin forward, likes to roam the perimeter, runs the court very well and has a deft shooting touch. He has all the tools for a player his size, runs the court with a fire that most kids do not have and finally has the look of a kid who knows that he can handle any gimmick defense designed to stop him. He can dribble drive and then step back to drill a three-pointer, he finishes on the break like a guard, blocks shots with ease and rebounds VERY well. He does this and you do not realize it. As I and my counterparts noted when the game was over, we had no idea that Kevin had produced a double-double. He did it so easily. It will be very interesting as Coach Steve Smith noted, what the kid will be like as he adds muscle bulk to the already athletic frame.

Discussion with Coach Steve Smith, Kevin, and Rick Bolus after the game, produced the notion that Kevin favors Kentucky right now, if he does not enter the draft. The draft might be pushing it for Kevin as he is not ready for the rigors of the NBA at this point

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