Durant has plenty of options but likes Cards

<b>BENTON, KY</b> Considered one of the nation's top juniors, Oak Hill's Kevin Durant is mentioned as a possible NBA Draft choice out of high school. However, the 6'9 forward says he's thinking about college and he had good things to say about the Louisville Cardinals last weekend at the Marshall County HoopFest.

At just 16 years old Kevin Durant of Oak Hill Academy is doing big things. He's ranked second overall by Scout.com and plays for the number one ranked team in the country, Oak Hill.

The 6-foot-9 junior is extremely mobile for his height and does things that you don't see often from guys his size. Oak Hill Academy head coach, Steve Smith, says Durant has a special game.

"He's a great talent," Smith proclaimed. "He's 6'9 and skilled. Most guys his size don't have the skills that he has, he can put it on the floor, he's a very, very good passer that's one of the best things he does is pass ball. He can score, shoot threes, he has a middle game, can hit the pull up shot, and he's very good around the basket."

Last year eight players went in the first round of the NBA draft, and although the talent was exceptionally good in the class of 2004, the trend of players heading to the NBA is probably going to continue. Durant did discuss the NBA with us but said he still had a lot to learn before he is ready for the pros.

When asked if he was thinking about the NBA he said, "Not really, I want to go to college. I think it'll prepare you for that level as far as the NBA and I want to get a little stronger too."

His head coach echoed the same tune.

"He never talks about it," Smith said of Durnat's NBA aspirations. "He sees it, he's like everybody else; he reads it and sees it. He's not really saying it, he's just trying to get his grades, and get himself ready to get to college. If that is an option in a few years and people are saying you're a lottery pick or a first round pick, I'm sure he'll have to look at it, but he's really not looking or thinking about it right now."

So if he's not thinking about the NBA, what schools are Durant considering? He mentioned that he likes Texas, Kentucky, Connecticut, Georgia Tech, and Wake Forest.

Earlier in his recruitment Durant was listing Louisville but hasn't been over the past few months. Is there any reason why? When asked if U of L was out of the picture Durant responded, "They're still in it."

"I love Rick Pitino," Durant said when he was asked about Louisville. "I love the way he develops players like Antoine Walker, Mashburn and all of those guys, I want to be apart of that."

While he likes Rick Pitino, he had some real good things to say about Kentucky and ACC power Wake Forest.

"I like Coach Smith he seems like a good guy, and I like the way they play also," Durant said about Kentucky.

"I like the way Wake gets up and down the floor, they bring in good point guards in as well," Durant responded when asked about Wake Forest.

The junior still has a while before he will make a decision on where he wants to go to college, and his main focus right now is on winning.

"I want another ring that's all I really want, and to go 38 and 0 and be number one," Kevin Durant said about his goals for the season.

Just a day after Durant said he wanted to go undefeated his team lost to Julian Wright and Homewood Flossmoor. Durant did finish with a double-double, putting up 12 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.

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