2016 Intro: Juwan Durham

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Juwan Durham's confidence has come a long way since the USA Basketball 17U mini-camp last fall.

At one of his first major, national events the camp pitted Durham against some of the top prospects in high school basketball, and players who will be starring in college basketball this fall.

A high school season, months of strength and conditioning and lots of hours in the gym later, Durham, a 6-9, 190-pound forward from Tampa (Fla.) Prep, no longer feels out of place against the country's best. He showed off his new-found confidence at this past week's NBPA Top 100 camp.

"Since then, I feel like I've gotten a lot stronger," the he said. "I was pretty intimidated. I was kind of nervous, but now I'm getting used to seeing these guys, becoming friends with them and getting more comfortable with them. I just feel like I have a lot of confidence now."

"(At NBPA) I feel like I've been knocking down open jump shots, getting to the rim," he continued. "And I feel like I've been pretty good at being a team player and passing the ball around, rebounding, and blocking shots."

Durham's heard from Kansas, Duke, Louisville, Tennessee, Wichita State, USF and Florida since the unlimited contact period started on June 15.

While he didn't hear from UNC on or immediately after June 15, the Carolina staff watched him during the spring open evaluation period at the Hoop Group Pitt Jam Fest. Soon after, UNC made contact with Durham's mother and father.

"I'm not going to lie – for a long time I hated Duke, because I was always a North Carolina fan," Durham said in response to a question about the rivalry. "I always wanted to go to North Carolina when I was little. Now, since everything has changed obviously, I'm not really sure where I want to go yet. I liked Carolina growing up when I was younger. One of the assistants has contacted my mom a few times, and my dad. And they have had a few conversations. He contacted my coach too."

Growing up a fan of UNC doesn't give it a leg up on other schools, however.

"(I'm) not as big (UNC fan) as I used to be. I just used to like the colors, and I thought about Michael Jordan. But now that I'm getting older, and more mature and wiser, I just see the style of play that they have and I'm getting used to every offense."

Zack Randolph, Marc Gasol, Kevin Garnett and Kevin Durant are four players who are most influential into the development of Durham's game. In college, he sees himself as a forward who can go by bigger players and post up smaller ones.

"I went to Florida on an unofficial visit, and they showed me a few spots that I'd be at most likely," said Durham. "A lot of movement around the top of the key. I'm not sure exactly where I want to go to do that, but hopefully I can fit into a system that does that."

Durham will play with Team Breakdown on the UnderArmour circuit this summer and is scheduled to attend USA's U17 Training Camp beginning July 25.

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