North Carolina recruiting: Kevin Durant breaks down Tar Heels targets

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Join us daily at ACC DieHards for the latest North Carolina recruiting news and notes on the next crop of Tar Heels. Don’t miss any coverage from Cody Pace and the team. Read his daily notebooks here at 9 a.m. ET Monday through Friday. In this edition, we get a rare insight into some of North Carolina’s recruiting targets through the eyes of NBA star Kevin Durant.

Golden State Warriors small forward Kevin Durant knows a little bit about being a highly rated high school recruit.

The former Texas star was the No. 2 overall player in the Class of 2006 out of Montrose Christian School in Rockville, Md., behind only center Greg Oden, who also ended up in the NBA, although his stint was derailed by injuries.

At the time, Durant was courted by North Carolina, which extended him an offer, although he ended up with the Longhorns. Of course, the Tar Heels made out all right in that ’06 class, bringing in 3 of the top 9 players from 247Sports’ composite rankings.

On Tuesday, Durant went back to his high school roots to evaluate some game tape for a handful of the best young high school seniors and juniors for Overtime. Durant decided to record his analysis and post the video on YouTube, which you can watch in its entirety at the bottom of the page.

Among the many players who Durant checked out were Tar Heels targets Zion Williamson and Scottie Lewis. Here’s what Durant had to say about each player:

Zion Williamson, 5-star small forward, Spartanburg, S.C.

If you follow college basketball recruiting at all, you’ve probably heard of Williamson. Durant is no exception.

“Everybody knows this guy, been watching him for the last couple of years,” Durant said. “Just a bull in a china shop, a freakish athlete, like once-in-a-generation-type athlete.”

The praise didn’t stop there. Durant also lauded Williamson’s ability to finish and his touch around the rim, as well as his ability to block shots.

“In transition, it’s kind of hard to stop this dude, like nearly impossible,” Durant said. “He can’t have any space around. If you give him space, he’s taking off. He gets to the rim.”

Williamson is the last player on coach Roy Williams’ Class of 2018 recruiting board with a class of three signees already pushing on the brink of full capacity. Williamson is down to five or six schools, with Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina and Clemson as the main contenders and South Carolina, the hometown school, still sticking around.

It’s unclear when Williamson will make his decision, although North Carolina still appears to be a long shot at this point.

Scottie Lewis, 5-star small forward, Eatontown, N.J.

Unlike Williamson, this was the first time Durant had seen any video of Lewis. The No. 6 overall player and top small forward in the Class of 2019 didn’t disappoint.

“Wow, oh yeah, he’s got something,” Durant said. “He’s athletic, too. He’s got that launching pad athleticism, as soon as he touches a certain area of the floor he’s just going to bounce.”

Durant also praised Lewis’ frame and the defensive capabilities it brings, and he called aspects of his ball handling “rare for [his] age.”

Lewis is still pretty far off, although it’s unclear just where North Carolina fits into the picture. Kentucky and Florida are the early favorites to land him, even though he has 24 offers from some of the nation’s most elite programs. Williams visited Lewis back in September, but he has not reciprocated with a visit to Chapel Hill just yet.

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