After leading Fairmont Heights (Capital Heights, MD) to a Class 2A state championship appearance as a senior last season, 6-3, 185-pound guard Kendall Durant , a Virginia Tech recruit, took his game to New Hampton Prep (N.H.) and impressed head coach Peter Hutchins this season.
Playing “arguably the most difficult schedule in the country” according to Hutchins, Durant and his teammates, two future Ivy League players and one Rhode Island basketball recruit, went 10-18 on the year. Durant averaged 16 points, five assists and five rebounds per game, showing consistently scoring ability throughout the year.
“When we recruited Kendall, after all the research we had done, everyone talked about his physical talents and character as a person,” Hutchins said. “He is physically gifted, so that was true. As a person, he is a tremendous kid. He was exactly what we expected. He shoots much better than we originally thought. He was our most consistent scorer and our best 3-point shooter. We were surprised at that part.”
Durant played well, but more importantly he has attained the necessary levels academically to be a full qualifier.
“He is cleared,” Hutchins said. “He is all set to go. We’ll probably have him continue to take the SAT to see his own personal growth, but he already has a sufficient score.”
The Tech staff sees Durant as a combo guard that could run the point or play the two-guard spot. New Hampton’s best defender according to Hutchins, Durant has proven that he can “defend both guard positions.”
“He played both guard spots for us,” Hutchins said. “We had another kid who is a D-1 point guard, but whenever he was out of the game or injured – he was injured for three or four games – Kendall stepped in. Against Hargrave, Kendall played point guard the whole game and was the best guard on the floor. He missed probably three shots and scored over 20 points against a great Hargrave team.
“With experience, he will learn to play both positions on the next level, but he certainly is a scorer. He is an instinctive scorer. He wants to be a good player and he wants to be coached. He tries to do everything...
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