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Report: Kevin Durant could have been a North Carolina Tar Heel

Mar 26, 2012, 11:28 AM EDT

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What would have happened if Kevin Durant had gone to North Carolina?

A new piece from the New York Post says it could have happened, but coach Roy Williams went in a different direction.

According to writer Bill Feinberg, as told to Peter Vecsey in the piece, Durant had chosen North Carolina, but Williams decided to give his last scholarship to Brandan Wright, the 6-9 power forward from Tennessee.

Wright went on to be the No. 8 pick in the 2007 draft and is now with the Dallas Mavericks.

Who are some other notable names on that North Carolina roster? Six players in total were drafted into the NBA, including Ty Lawson, Tyler Hansbrough, and Wayne Ellington, along with Danny Green, Reyshawn Terry, and the above-mentioned Wright.

In one season at Texas, Durant averaged almost 26 points and 11 rebounds per game, becoming the only freshman ever to win the Naismith Player of the Year award.

Since then, Durant has blossomed into a star in the NBA, 28 points and eight rebounds per game this season, while remaining one of the most youthful and approachable personalities in the league.

What’s my favorite Kevin Durant performance? It didn’t take place in an NBA arena.

Over the summer at Rucker Park in New York City, Durant hit four straight threes and brought the house down.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  1. tl175 - Mar 26, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    Nice story – but not true. North Carolina was considered the front runner for Kevin Durant after getting a commitment from Oak Hill teammate Ty Lawson. Durant visited Carolina in early May followed by a visit to Texas later in the month. After Durant committed to Texas in mid-June, North Carolina turned their attention to Brandan Wright who was considered a lock for Duke and offered their final scholarship to Wright or Thaddeus Young, whoever committed first. Wright committed soon thereafter in mid-October, breaking the hearts of Duke fans, and Thaddeus Young ended up at his second choice Georgia Tech. At the time, Durant was ranked #2 in his class after Greg Oden, Wright was #3, Young #6, and Lawson and Wayne Ellington also in the top ten. Another top ten prospect, Spencer Hawes, closely considered the Tar Heels before choosing Washington.

  2. suhnum1fan - Mar 26, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    Durant made an excellent choice

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