Another Durant?

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The fact he plays for one of the top programs (Bishop O'Connell of Arlington, Va.) and one of the most respected coaches (Joe Wootten) in high school hoops is impressive.

The fact he is 6-feet-7 and equally comfortable at small forward or power forward is impressive.

The fact he posted a double-double of 16 points and 15 rebounds last winter against Bishop Ireton High is impressive.

Perhaps the most impressive thing about Leroy Butts, however, is his upside. He was the only freshman to make Bishop O'Connell's varsity last winter and he participated in the prestigious Super Soph Camp last month, one of only 100 prospects nationwide competing in the invitation-only event.

Butts attended Tennessee's recent intense-skills camp and enjoyed himself thoroughly. That didn't surprise him, however. He had heard good things about the program from Bobby Maze, a cousin who started at point guard for the Vols in 2008-09 and 2009-10.

"He told me it was a great experience for him," Butts told InsideTennessee. "He said he was coached very well."

Of course, Maze played for Bruce Pearl, who is no longer the Vols' head man. Asked what he thinks of successor Cuonzo Martin, Butts replied: "I think he's got a good program."

The intense-skills camp represented Butts' initial visit to The Hill. His early impression is a favorable one.

"It was a great experience for my first time here," he said.

Despite his height, Butts plays primarily on the wing for Wootten, who has won five Virginia state titles and produced 32 college players, including North Carolina's Kendall Marshall and Georgetown's Jason Clark. Butts prefers playing on the perimeter to playing inside.

"There's a lot of space to do whatever you want," he said.

Cuonzo Martin's wing signees to date have included 6-foot-8 Derek Reese, 6-foot-6 D'montre Edwards, 6-foot-6 Josh Richardson, 6-foot-5 Quinton Chievous and 6-foot-5 Armani Moore. Given this emphasis on height, Butts could fit in well for the Vols.

"Yes," he said. "I'm long and athletic."

When asked to describe his game, Butts matter of factly replied: "I would say I'm sort of like Kevin Durant."

Durant is widely considered one of the NBA's three most gifted players. Asked how his game compares to Durant's, Butts answered, "Shooting-wise."

Versatile enough to play power forward and small forward, Butts believes he could play both spots in college.

"My best position is the 3 and the 4," he said. "The 3 because I'm athletic. The 4 because I'm a scorer."

Butts reports scholarship offers from Georgetown, Tennessee, Rutgers and Virginia. He says he's looking for a college where he can "make good grades, get a diploma and have a chance to win a championship."


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