But South Gwinnett (Ga.) took the lead in the fourth quarter and ran away with it, for a stunning 82-68 upset of the nation's top-ranked high school team, Oak Hill Academy.
Sporting a pair of Carolina blue sneakers, Durant tallied 16 points (6-15 FG, 2-2 3pt, 2-2 FT) and 16 rebounds.
"I just think Kevin's putting the pieces together," said ScoutHoops.com analyst Dave Telep. "He had as good a first half as he could possibly have and he faded in the second half, which can happen when you're not strong enough."
Durant is still baby-faced and rail thin, with a frame that doesn't come close to filling out his jersey, but it can be argued that no player in the entire nation has more upside. His agility, soft shooting touch, passing skills and overall court awareness are a rare find at this age.
"He's still 16 years old and can do some things that other guys can't," Telep added. "He busted a couple threes just to remind everyone that he could. He's a smooth customer."
All this adds up to bad news for college coaches, as the NBA will assuredly come calling and right now the pro ranks appear to be his likely destination after high school.
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