Durant On Hold

Kevin Durant doesn't get rattled by much - whether it's on or off the court. He's thrived with a consistent attitude that isn't wavering just because his college decision is looming.

If Kevin Durant is feeling the pressure, he isn't showing it.

The 6-9, 200-pound Oak Hill Academy (Va.) rising senior had yet another impressive tournament this past weekend, leading the D.C. Blue Devils to a semifinal appearance at the Nike Memorial Day Classic down in New Orleans.

While Durant continues to make a case for dethroning Scout.com's top-ranked layer, Greg Oden, his next chance to shine will come in foreign soil.

Durant will leave Sunday to play for the American team in the Douai Junior World Basketball Championship, which runs from June 9-12 and has featured stars such as Carmelo Anthony and Tony Parker in recent years.

"I can't wait to go," Durant said. "I'm really looking forward to playing against guys from other countries."

Not unlike Oden, Durant has found a way to remain level-headed throughout his recent surge up the rankings. However, toppling Oden isn't one of the things he has his sights set on this summer.

"If it's meant to be, I guess it is," he said. "But I'm not thinking about it at all."

What Durant likely is contemplating is his college decision. He's taken official visits to UConn, North Carolina and Texas and said he intends to make a decision shortly after returning from France.

"It'll probably happen after I get back," Durant said. "My parents aren't pressuring me to get it done soon, so I'll wait and make sure I make the right decision. Honestly, I'm not really sure right now between the three schools."

Durant will return from France and his schedule doesn't ease up. He'll head to Oregon for the Nike Skills Academy, then attend the NBA Players Camp before a busy July awaits.

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