MDC: Durant Shines Sat.; More UNC Prospect Notes

NEW ORLEANS -- Saturday at the Nike Memorial Day Classic it was Kevin Durant's world and everybody else was just living in it. The 6-10 forward from Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill was spectacular as he led the DC Blue Devils to a pair of convincing victories over the Georgia Stars and New Jersey All-Stars.

Against the Stars, Kevin Durant came out hot from deep as he buried several threes from behind the NBA line en route to a 27-point effort. The next time he took the court he took it to another level as he torched the boys from Jersey during a scintillating 35-point effort. He made more NBA threes but even more impressively he was consistently taking much smaller defenders off the dribble and beating them to the rim with his ball handling and quickness.

The talented 16-year-old will be making a very important decision soon when he chooses between North Carolina, Texas and UConn. According to Durant it isn't going to be an easy decision, and he hopes that he can get it out of the way soon. But while word is the decision is on the immediate horizon, Durant wasn't giving any hints.

"It might be a little earlier than Nike Camp, it might be a little later," said Durant. "I've got to talk to my parents about it and make a decision, it's not easy at all."

A humble kid who deflects accolades and goes about his business without much, if any, trashtalking, Durant wouldn't tip his hand as to which way he is leaning. He also indicated that the commitment of his AAU and high school teammate and good friend, Tywon Lawson, wouldn't have any impact on his decision. But, he also admitted that it hasn't stopped Lawson from trying to influence his decision.

"It doesn't matter at all, if I go to North Carolina I go not because of him but because it is the right place for me," said Durant. "He's on me and telling me that if we both go there that we are going to be really good."

With a decision coming soon, Durant is torn about which program to choose and says it is ultimately going to come down to his comfort level with each program.

"I've got to be comfortable with the coaches," said Durant. "I need to make sure it is a good place for me and my parents and that I can be comfortable and be me."

OTHER PLAYERS OF CAROLINA INTEREST FROM THE MDC

Tywon Lawson -- When Lawson isn't in Kevin Durant's ear trying to convince him to attend North Carolina, the 6-0 PG is doing what he can on the floor to make Durant want to play with him on the next level. On Saturday Lawson went for 20 points each time out and handed out a bevy of assists. It wouldn't be out of line to call him a scoring point guard, but you have to appreciate the way in which Lawson finds his offense. He's got a knack for taking high percentage shots and using his athleticism to finish in the lane or the open court all while making sure he keeps his teammates happy by keeping them involved in the game and setting them up for easy buckets. He also looks to have been working hard on his jump shot as he looks to shoot more of a traditional jumper versus the set shot he tends to shoot.

Kevin Love and Kyle Singler -- A pair of players who will likely figure heavily into North Carolina's recruiting plans for the class of 2007, the talented duo was at it again on Saturday as they teamed up to take out Brandan Wright's Murfreesboro Stars. Love, a 6-9 post player, stole the show with a sparkling 30-point effort where he scored in any imaginable way in the post. As good as his footwork is and as pure as his jumper is, it may be his hands that really set him apart from others. He holds onto anything that he touches and throws crisp and precise passes thanks to a pair of big, sure and strong hands. While Love handles things on the inside, Singler takes care of anything else that the Legends need. At 6-8 he's got the size to play inside but his guard skills allow him to do damage from the outside as well. Like Love he's a terrific passer and rebounder and plays the game with the awareness of a seasoned vet, not that of a rising high school junior.

Darrell Arthur and Bryan Davis -- Another pair of teammates who figure into the Heels recruiting plans are Team Texas' duo. Saturday was a pretty quiet day for each player as they never really got the chance to play the running game that suits them best. Arthur showed some surprising passing ability to go along with his ample athleticism and Davis showed the ability to make face up jumpers but for the most part it was a quiet day.

Spencer Hawes -- Not a bad day at the office for the talented 6-11 BF/C from Seattle. Hawes went for 22 and 11 against Team Texas and followed it up with 27 points against the Tennessee Travelers. For the moment his recruiting is on hold as he focuses on hitting the weight room and preparing for a trip to France and the grueling month of July.

Brandan Wright -- A direct jump to the NBA remains the ultimate goal for Wright and it is easy to understand why. The 6-9 lefty is improving rapidly off the dribble and looks more and more comfortable playing on the wing. He scores at will around the basket thanks to his length and quickness off the floor and is willing to fight despite a lack of bulk. Love may have gotten the better of him on Saturday morning, but it wasn't like Wright punked out either.


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