A Look at Kevin Durant’s 2011 Nike Skills Academy

KD just wrapped up working with some of the top high school and collegiate level prospects in the country at his 2nd annual Nike Skills Academy in Chicago. This camp isn’t just a vanity play for KD. He truly believes in his favorite quote “hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard”, and took this opportunity to convey that work ethic to the prospects at the camp. True to form, KD participated in nearly every drill with the players at his own Skills Academy.

Here’s some of the insights Kevin gave some of the prospects attending the camp:

“Play the game as low as possible. Staying low will get you past your defender quicker and get you a better shot.”

“I always work on my midrange game. Having an outside shot, a midrange and a close to the basket game make you versatile.”

The players at the skills academy were also treated to coaching advice from some of the top coaches in the country. Here are some insights from some of those coaches during the camp:

“The best thing you can do on offense with the ball is get the defender out of his stance by using a shot, foot or head fake.” – Dee Brown

“NOTHING good happens when you jump to make a pass. Nothing! Don’t develop that bad habit. Passing is about timing & angles!” – Alan Stein

“KD Skills Academy theme for tonite’s workout: find something to SEPARATE yourself from the pack. Defense? Enthusiasm? Hustle? What’ll it be?” – Alan Stein

“On a screen you want to create separation. Read the defender and stay low past your screener on your dribble move.” – Dee Brown

“Physical talent versus mental talent. Mental talent is the ability to do things when you don’t want to do them.” – Kevin Eastman

“KD [campers] also working on tightening up their handle on the perimeter – moves to the hoop, pick & rolls. No wasted dribbles = efficient!” – Alan Stein

“Your eyes make plays. Focus and keep your eyes up at the rim on every move to the basket for a strong finish.” – Kevin Eastman

Here’s a list of prospects that attended the event:

Durant Skills Academy High School Roster
Name / Ht. / Wt. / Wingspan / Hometown / Class

Rosco Allen / 6-9 / 190 / 6-8 / Henderson, NV / 2012
Kyle Anderson / 6-9 / 226 / 7-2 / North Bergen, NJ / 2012
Justin Anderson / 6-6 / 222 / 6-11 / Montross, VA / 2012
Cameron Biedscheid / 6-7 / 173 / 6-8 / St. Louis, MO / 2012
Keith Frazier / 6-6 / 188 / 6-6 / Irving, TX / 2013
Savon Goodman / 6-6 / 211 / 6-9 / Willowgrove, PA / 2012
Jerami Grant / 6-8 / 196 / 7-2 / Hyattsville, MD / 2012
Gary Harris / 6-6 / 198 / 6-7 / Fishers, IN / 2012
Aaron Harrison / 6-6 / 200 / 6-8 / Richmond, TX / 2013
Danuel House / 6-7 / 183 / 6-8 / Fresno, TX / 2012
Marcus Hunt / 6-6 / 214 / 6-8 / Riverdale, GA / 2012
Amile Jefferson / 6-9 / 197 / 7-0 / Philadelphia, PA / 2012
Shaquille Johnson / 6-5 / 199 / 6-6 / Alpharetta, GA / 2012
Kenny Kaminski / 6-8 / 246 / 6-8 / Medina, OH / 2012
Danrad Knowles / 6-11 / 179 / 7-0 / Missouri City, TX / 2012
Ricardo Ledo / 6-6 / 193 / 6-7 / Providence, RI / 2012
Arnaud Moto / 6-6 / 218 / 7-0 / Alexandria, VA / 2012
Evan Nolte / 6-8 / 195 / 6-9 / Milton, GA / 2012
Jabari Parker / 6-9 / 222 / 6-11 / Chicago, IL / 2013
Devonte Pollard / 6-8 / 192 / 6-10 / Porterville, MS / 2012
Alexander Poythress / 6-8 / 213 / 7-0 / Clarksville, TN / 2012
Jordan Price / 6-6 / 221 / 6-7 / Decatur, GA / 2012
Katin Reinhardt / 6-5 / 193 / 6-5 / Dana Point, CA / 2012
Aaron Roundtree / 6-7 / 173 / 6-11 / Pikeville, NC / 2012
Steve Taylor / 6-9 / 208 / 6-11 / Chicago, IL / 2012
JP Tokoto / 6-7 / 185 / 6-9 / Mencryonee Falls, WI / 2012
TJ Warren / 6-9 / 230 / 6-9 / Durham, NC / 2012
Troy Williams / 6-7 / 195 / 6-8 / Hampton, VA / 2013
Damien Wilson / 6-6 / 188 / 6-7 / Douglasville, GA / 2012

Durant Skills Academy College Roster
Name / Ht. / Wt. / Wingspan / Hometown / College / Class

Harrison Barnes / 6-9 / 223 / 6-11 / Ames, IA / North Carolina / SO
Bradford Burgess / 6-6 / 216 / 6-9 / Richmond, VA / VCU / SO
Chris Johnson / 6-5 / 194 / 6-9 / Orlando, FL / Dayton / SR
Orlando Johnson / 6-5 / 231 / 6-11 / Goleta, CA / UCSB / SR
Darius Johnson-Odom / 6’3 / 214 / 6-6 / Raleigh, NC / Marquette / JR
Terrence Jones / 6-9 / 249 / 7-2 / Portland, OR / Kentucky / SO
Doron Lamb / 6-5 / 204 / 6-7 / Laurelton, NY / Kentucky / FR
Khris Middleton / 6’8 / 211 / 6-10 / North Charleston, SC / Texas A&M / JR
Darius Miller / 6-7 / 238 / 6-9 / Maysville, KY / Kentucky / JR
Tony Mitchell / 6’7 / 221 / 6-10 / Swainsboro, GA / Alabama / SO
Dominique Morrison / 6-6 / 218 / 6-9 / Raytown, MO / Oral Roberts / SR
Darrion Pellum / 6-8 / 207 / 6-9 / Newport News, VA / Hampton / SR
Austin Rivers / 6-5 / 203 / 6-7 / Winterpark, FL / Duke / FR
Terrence Ross / 6-7 / 197 / 6-7 / Vancouver, WA / Washington / SO
Jeffery Taylor / 6-7 / 226 / 6-6 / Nashville, TN / Vanderbilt / JR
Christian Watford / 6-8 / 229 / 7-0 / Bloomington, IN / Indiana / JR
Rodney Williams Jr. / 6-7 / 204 / 6-10 / Robbinsdale, MN / Minnesota / JR
Trey Ziegler III / 6-5 / 196 / 6-9 / Mt. Pleasant, MI / Central Michigan / SO

Video From the Kevin Durant Skills Academy

Earlier this summer, KD and Nike Basketball hosted the Kevin Durant Skills Academy in Chicago. The Skills Academy brought together some of the best high school and college basketball players in the country. Here’s a highlight video from the Skills Academy put together by Coach Alan Stein and the Stronger Team. In the video you will also get a quick sneak preview of the Nike Zoom KD III.

 

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