6'9 Durant getting plenty of attention from U of L

6'9 Kevin Durant of Fort Washington, MD gets plenty of attention from the University of Louisville and is solidifying his position as one of the elite prospects in the class of 2006 this summer.

There aren't many knocks on 6'9 rising junior Kevin Durant's ability on the basketball court.

Incredibly skilled and athletic, Durant shoots the three with range and accuracy, handles the ball on the perimeter and is an adept passer for his size.

About the only negative you can find about the 15 year old forward is his strength. However, because of an off-season stength and conditioning program, it appears the weight issue for Durant is but a temporary problem.

"He's really doing a lot of weight-lifting and strength conditioning this summer," DC Select coach Trevor Brown said. "He started last season at about 180 pounds and he's up to about 197 right now. If he can put on 15 pounds each of the next two years he'll be a monster on the court."

Durant, whose younger than most of his classmates, won't turn 16 until next September. As a ninth grader, Durant was but a skinny 6-foot-3 youngster.

"He's grown six inches in the past two years," Brown continued. "And he's gained more than 50 pounds during that time span."

On the court, Durant's talent is obvious. After averaging 15 points and 8 rebounds per game at the talent-laden Nike Memorial Day Classic in New Orleans two weeks ago, the talented and versatile forward appears prepared to cement his place high atop the 2006 class rankings the rest of the summer.

There had been some indication recently that Durant would attend the U of L basketball camp this weekend, but apparently that won't happen.

"He'll be playing with us this weekend at the Rumble to the Bronx," Brown said.

And even though he's got two more years of high school before entering college, there's no shortage of elite high major programs in pursuit for his services.

"I know he likes Louisville, Kentucky, North Carolina, Duke, UCONN, Georgia Tech and Maryland," Brown said. "Louisville has shown considerable interest and they call me quite frequently about him."


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