SLAM Magazine recently took a look back at some of their Punks features on NBA stars during their high school days. Here’s a look at KD’s.
Kevin Durant probably wouldn’t mind hollering at Nike or Rocawear one day about becoming a pitchman, but as of right now, the only companies the 6-9 sensation screams praises for are Skippy and Smuckers. “I eat a lot of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches,” says the player who’s currently sandwiched between Greg Oden and our own Thaddeus Young in the top three spots of the 2006 prospect rankings. “I eat that every day. That’s my favorite. I put a lot of peanut butter on them!”
So, the secret’s out: Fill up on the lunchtime staple and your basketball skills go through the roof. It probably helps that Durant’s as long as the release-day line for Madden ’06 and he has the versatility of a Hummer H3. Still, PB&J has its place. “One of the things our strength coach recommends,” says Stu Vetter, head coach at Durant’s new hoops home, Montrose Christian Academy, “is that when Kevin is finished lifting, he eats a peanut butter and jelly sandwich because that helps you gain weight and strength. He’s going to get a lot of peanut butter and jelly at Montrose.” Atkins, eat your heart out.
Another thing the 17-year-old Maryland-bred phenom had best learn to digest is all the media attention coming his way. Durant, who starred first at MD’s National Christian and then at Oak Hill (VA) Academy the past three years, has landed at yet another national prep powerhouse for his high-profile senior season. “We’re used to high expectations,” insists Coach Vetter, who’s had a team ranked every year that the USA Today poll has come out and is loaded again this season. “Kevin will simply blend in with these players. We have another three or four D1 players that I didn’t even mention.”