Louisville coming on strong with 6-9 Kevin Durant

<b>BASKETBALL RECRUITING</b> Oak Hill junior <b>Kevin Durant</b> was in Chapel Hill yesterday for the UNC-Duke game, but the Louisville Cardinals appear to be emerging as a favorite to the land the talented 6-9 forward, especially if the NBA institutes an age-limitation later this summer.

You know it's a big time game when Brandan Wright is in the stands. However, he was joined by Tywon Lawson and Kevin Durant. In total, Scout.com's No. 2, 4 and 20 recruits were in the house as North Carolina bested Duke Sunday afternoon.

Wright was fresh off another player of the year award and state title. He and his coach were in the gym watching. In fact, it was Wright's second UNC-Duke game of the year because he saw the first thriller in Durham last month.

Meanwhile with Lawson and Durant, UNC was putting the press on the pair.

"They obviously enjoyed it," Oak Hill coach Steve Smith said. "They went up to the basketball office and they met with just Ty and his family and Roy. [Williams] met with them separately. He's trying to get a feel for them and what they're thinking.

"As soon as they got in the car they went to sleep and I drove back."

UNC's pursuit of the pair continues April 6th. That's the first day coaches can be on the road in April and Williams has a trip scheduled to Mouth of Wilson for that very day. The question is: will the pair go to school together?

"They talk about it a little bit," Smith said. "It's not the exact same list recruiting the two players."

Lawson's list has Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, UNC, North Carolina State and Maryland on it. Meanwhile, Durant has Duke, UNC, Texas, Wake Forest, Arizona, Louisville, Kentucky, Maryland, Georgia Tech and Connecticut.

Last week we wrote that Durant was ready to pair his list to 3 schools, but that's not the case anymore according to his father Wayne Pratt.

"Kevin said that he can't do three, he said that he needs to visit five," Pratt said. Our best prognostication has UNC, Louisville and Texas as safe bets for visits thus leaving two more official trips to be hashed out and who gets them is anyone's guess.

Kevin Durant might just be the most important recruit in the Class of 2006 should the NBAPA and commissioner get on the same page and institute and age limit. If the age limit is set at 20, Durant who is currently 16, would need not two but three seasons of college ball.

"If that happens," Smith said, "he'll have to go three years to college. He's 16, that'll change some things."

Meanwhile, one thing is certain; the visit to Chapel Hill – at least for Lawson and Durant – was a huge success. "My feelings, it was an experience," George Lawson, Tywon's father said. "It was spectacular. That's my feelings. I didn't have a chance to talk to Tywon yet. Wow."

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