Durant Adjusts To a New Look

Among the many changes Kevin Durant is getting used to in his first season at Montrose Christian is a strict dress code. "I've never had a suit before," said the University of Texas signee, described by Montrose Coach Stu Vetter as one of the best players he has coached. (Preston Keres - TWP)
Monday, December 5, 2005

Kevin Durant looked about as uncomfortable as he ever had on a basketball court. Sitting in a chair near midcourt, Durant's black sport coat didn't quite fit his 6-foot-10 frame. Durant wore black basketball shoes -- size 18s -- as he and two of his Montrose Christian teammates recently signed their college scholarship papers before an audience of teachers, coaches and classmates.

In the transient nature of high school basketball, transfers find that different things are required of them at each stop. This year for Durant, who played two years at National Christian and last season at basketball powerhouse Oak Hill Academy in southwestern Virginia, that has meant getting used to wearing a coat -- borrowing one from his father until he can find a new one that fits -- and tie to many team functions.

"I've never had a suit before," Durant said one day last week as Montrose prepared for the start of the season. "That's one of the bigger adjustments. We're still trying to find one, as a matter of fact. Hopefully, down the line I'll have to wear a lot of suits."

Until the NBA adopted a rule requiring players to be 19 years old before they can enter the league, some thought Durant might turn professional after graduating from high school. Montrose Christian Coach Stu Vetter said that Durant might be the best player he has ever coached, adding that the only player with the same level of talent was Dennis Scott. Durant will play one season at Montrose Christian and then attend the University of Texas.

"Back when Dennis was in high school, he could play all five positions," Vetter said. "Potentially, [Durant] is as good as anyone or better. He has that type of potential."

Durant said his biggest asset is his versatility. He is able to play inside or shoot three-pointers. On a team that includes standout guards Greivis Vasquez (who signed with Maryland) and Adrian Bowie, Vetter believes Durant is the final piece to one of his best teams ever.

"We would have been a nationally ranked team without Kevin," Vetter said. "With Kevin, it puts us at a very elite level."

-- Josh Barr

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