Durham Drawing Attention

During the month of July, five-star Class of 2016 big man Juwan Durham has been receiving a lot of attention from college coaches and media.

When you become the No. 19 player in the class, as Durham did recently in Scout.com's updated rankings, that sort of thing tends to happen.

But now the Tampa Preparatory product is wading through a lot of interest and scholarship offers from high-major programs as the recruiting frenzy picks up.

The 6-foot-9, 190-pound Durham said North Carolina, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Indiana, South Florida, Tennessee, Virginia and Virginia Tech were all involved in his recruitment to varying degrees. Although Roy Williams has yet to speak with him, he did say that assistant coach Steve Robinson had been in touch with he and his parents.

"Yeah, I've heard from them. They texted with my Mom and my Dad a few times," Durham said of North Carolina. "They've made calls and I've spoken with them a few times. Just introducing myself and getting to know the staff.

"It's pretty exciting, I just have to stay humble and stay hungry. It felt pretty good."

Recruiting is going really well for Durham, but it's still in the early stages. It doesn't hurt that his Team Breakdown grassroots program -- playing up in the 17U ranks despite being all 16-and-under players -- has other high-major prospects as well.

Joining Durham on Team Breakdown are No. 23 overall prospect and fellow forward Dewan Huell, No. 69 overall prospect and guard Eric Hester and three-star wing forward Troy Baxter -- all Class of 2016 prospects.

Having an abundance of high-major prospects has led to college coaches coming out and seeing Team Breakdown throughout July, something Durham has definitely noticed.

"I get nervous to play every game so it was normal [to feel nervous]," Durham said of the college coaches. "But I just try to play my hardest. Go out there and try to play with a chip on my shoulder and just play like you want to be the best."

The recruiting process might be in the early stages for Durham, but he already has a few things in mind when looking for a future program.

"A school that's going to prepare me to be a man and trying to get me ready for the next level, is going to have good academics and help me after my basketball career," Durham said.

As far as his game is concerned, Durham feels like he's improved, even since appearing at June's NBPA Top 100 Camp. Durham said he tries to play like face-up power forwards Tim Duncan and LaMarcus Aldridge and he's focused on improving his skill level this summer.

"I feel like I improved on my jump shooting, just getting stronger. Just trying to help my team get a victory any way I can," Durham said.

On the defensive end, Durham and Huell form a potent 1-2 shot-blocking combination because both big men move so well and get off the floor so quickly.

"It's pretty difficult, I believe, to shoot on us," Durham said of the imposing frontcourt duo. "We have a lot of blocks together and we just have to continue to play good defense like that."

Durham didn't indicate a timeframe on forming a list, and no visits are currently set up, but he does have a loose time in place for a potential commitment and it's going to come later.

"I don't plan on making a decision until later on senior year, probably," Durham said.

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