New Hampton Prep (N.H.) guard Kendall Durant had official offers from Colorado, Penn State, South Carolina and Tulsa, but the loyalty he felt with the Virginia Tech coaching staff ultimately put the Hokies over the top. The 6-3, 185-pound prospect signed with the Hokies on Wednesday, several days after making an official visit to Blacksburg.
New Hampton Men’s Varsity A head coach Peter Hutchins discussed Durant’s decision.
“There were a few things to it,” Hutchins said. “His recruiting really picked up when he got up here. I think he was getting a little tired of the process, but, most importantly, Virginia Tech was one of the first schools to really show interest in him during his senior year at Fairmont Heights. They continued to follow him over the course of the summer. A lot came down to how he did academically here, but he has been unbelievable. He takes five classes including two SAT prep courses and he has done very well. That gave them confidence to offer. I don’t think there were ever any questions about him as a basketball player.
“Virginia Tech did a good job of staying with him. When he had the option, I think that is where he wanted to be from day one.”
In his senior year at Fairmont Height High School (Capitol Heights, MD), Durant averaged 17 points per game in leading the Hornets to a 20-6 overall record and an appearance in the Class 2A state championship game. He kept up his good play throughout the summer, performing well on the AAU circuit.
According to Hutchins, Durant brings outstanding athleticism and good shooting ability to the point guard position.
“He reminds the Tech staff of Jamon Gordon and I think that is true,” Hutchins said. “He is a big, strong guard who is really athletic. You will not find another kid with much more athleticism than Kendall. He is explosive. He shoots well. He developed late, which is symbolic of his recruitment.
“In addition to being an unbelievable athlete who can shoot well, he is an unbelievable kid. He is an extremely hard worker and he is very coachable.”
Look for Durant to be a point guard at Virginia Tech.
“I think he is more of a point guard, but I...
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