Visit to Louisville in the works for Kevin Durant

6-9 <b>Kevin Durant</b> is one of the most highly sought prospects in the class of 2006. He's already ranked No. 3 in the nation by, and his list of college favorites has been trimmed neatly to five. The Oak Hill star is about ready to start making campus visits, and says he hopes to make a mid-summer decision.

With speculation that the NBA will institute an age restriction this summer, many of the top players in the class of 2006 have started to think more and more about college. And this holds true for 6-9 Kevin Durant.

Just a few months ago, Durant didn't even list Louisville. Now, however, Rick Pitino's Cardinals sit near the top of the star forward's list, and have as good a chance at snagging's No. 3 ranked prospect as anyone.

Durant, who weighs in about 190 pounds, does it all. He can bang in the post, take the ball to the rack from the perimeter, and also has an improved jump shot that is getting some serious range on it. It's that versatile talent that has college basketball's heavy-weight's in hot-pursuit, though Durant has his list trimmed to a very tidy five.

According to Durant, Texas, UConn, North Carolina, Louisville, and Georgia Tech will battle it out over the next few months for his services.

U of L will try to beat out UNC,
UCONN, Georgia Tech and Texas
for 6-9 Kevin Durant.

With Louisville rapidly ascending his list, Durant likes what the Cardinals have to offer.

"I like the way they get up and down the (court)," Durant said. "Coach Pitino lets his freshmen play and he's a real laid back type of guy. I've been to the town, and they love their team down there. I've been there before, so I heard Louisville basketball is really big there."

The next step for Durant will be visiting the campuses of favorites. He said that he will visit North Carolina May 6th, and is working on setting up visits to both Connecticut and Louisville.

So what's going to be the biggest factor in Durant's ultimate decision?

"Academics are big, I want to go somewhere that I can get my degree," he said. "And player development obviously is important."

With so many players going pro out of high school there's no doubt that it has crossed the minds of every top 50 player at one point. So what does Durant think his chances are of making the leap?

"I don't know, I mean if I work hard enough I might be able to (go pro)," said Durant.

In order for him to be NBA ready by next summer's draft, Durant has a few things that he needs to improve, and gaining additional strength on his lanky frame would likely top the list.

"I'm trying to improve my overall strength, my ball handling skills and my defense," Durant said.

Durant said he hopes to make a decision following the Nike All-American camp in mid-July.

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