BW: Kevin Durant Spotlight

HAMPTON, Va. -- Kevin Durant is listed as a post player, but he seemed more than comfortable on both the inside and outside in an impressive offensive display late Friday night in the opening round of the Boo Williams Invitational at the Kecoughtan High School gym.

"That's all I've been working on," Durant said postgame of his perimeter skills.

In fact, he made it look easy. Early on he was effective getting open underneath, and then found his range from deep, hitting a couple of three-pointers and several other jumpers. Later, he did work on the offensive boards, with a run of stick-backs, including one in which he got off the ground so fast from behind the backboard and scored that it brought back memories of Antawn Jamison. He finished off the big scoring night with a nifty crossover step-back free throw line jumper that helped seal the win.

"I wouldn't say it's ‘easy,' but I'm getting better at it though," Durant added. "I'm working hard on it at school."

The 6-9 junior forward totaled 30 points (10-17 FG, 2-5 3pt, 8-9 FT), 14 rebounds, three blocks and a steal in the DC Blue Devils' win over the Portland Legends.

The game did offer a good reminder of the aspect of Durant's game that needs the most work – and he knows it.

"I'm just trying to get stronger and I know if I do I'll be able to bang," he said, after his team gave up 31 points to 6-8, 250-pound junior widebody Kevin Love (one of the nation's best in the Class of 2007).

"I'm putting on pounds, though," Durant said. "I'm at 203 pounds now. My goal is 225."

At 225 pounds, Durant could be a complete player. He's not there yet, and while the NBA will certainly be a possibility if the age limit isn't instituted, colleges are making their pitch – with UNC in his Top 5.

Head coach Roy Williams traveled to Oak Hill Academy to meet with Durant on Wednesday.

"It was a great experience," Durant said. "He told me everything I wanted to hear. He showed me all these rings. It's something special and I'll see how it goes when I go down for a visit. I've been there when I went to see the Duke game. It's a good school."

Durant will be taking another trip to Chapel Hill next month and may be joined by teammate and fellow UNC recruit Tywon Lawson. Ideally, Durant said he hopes to make a decision when the AAU circuit concludes in several months.

"I'm trying to get it over by the end of the summer," he said. "I want to play a good senior year where none of that college stuff gets in the way."


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