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Football recruiting

Garrett Gilbert: Talks Camp Visits
The state of Texas is full of talent at the quarterback position in the 2009 class, and Lake Travis' Garrett Gilbert is one of the best. Gilbert has been busy with seven-on-sevens and summer camps since school ended. Despite visiting several schools, the Lake Travis quarterback says he isn't focused on recruiting just yet. He is only working on getting better.


Durant will bring talent, class to Blazers or Sonics
San Antonio Express-News
One day in March, the editors at Dime magazine approached Kevin Durant with an offer they figured he wouldn't refuse. They wanted to place Durant, then in the midst of a record-setting freshman year at Texas, on the cover of the national basketball publication. It was meant to be a rare honor for a college star, plastering his face in a space normally reserved for NBA glitterati, hip-hop moguls and LeBron James. There was just one hang-up. Durant refused to pose for a photo.

Stock is soaring
Houston Chronicle
Kevin Durant can't bench-press 185 pounds. But he was strong enough to carry the Texas Longhorns on his back for an entire season. Durant is skinny and looks like he would blow away in a strong wind, and some of the experts wonder how he'll hold up to the pounding and muscle at the professional level. Probably many of the same experts will be wondering next season how to stop him.

The label doesn't fit
Fort Worth Star=Telegram
The Portland Trail Blazers, surprise winners of the NBA Draft lottery and the No. 1 pick, haven't officially tabbed Ohio State freshman center Greg Oden as their choice, but it's been presumed that they'll take the potentially dominating 7-footer. And then Kevin Durant walked into the gym.

Durant Puts Basketball First, and Second
New York Times
Kevin Durant was 9 when he decided to become an N.B.A. star, and 18 when he decided to get his driver's license. For short trips, he could always hitch a ride with Mom and Dad, a teammate or a coach. It was the longer journey that consumed him.


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