Kevin Durant Played Pickup Hoops at DeMatha High School

by May 29, 2013

Considering that he expected to still be battling in the NBA Playoffs, Kevin Durant evidently hasn’t turned the basketball switch off for the summer yet. KD, no stranger to playing against amateurs, showed up at DeMatha Catholic High School last weekend and balled out. Per the WaPo: “Flanked by three friends and just a couple weeks removed from the end of his team’s NBA playoff run, Oklahoma City forward and Montrose Christian alum Kevin Durant came ready for what would be an intense set of contests. ‘I didn’t know he was coming, but for somebody like me, it’s nice to get to watch talent like that play in our gym. I just have to turn on the lights and roll out the ball,’ Stags Coach Mike Jones said. ‘Of course, when a guy like Kevin comes, everyone is excited. They all played hard, talked some trash and it was a high-level pickup game.’ Jones, who declined to comment on the specifics of the games’ outcome, said that once Durant arrived, they locked the doors to avoid potential autograph seekers, leaving Jones, another coach and the involved players to focus on the contests at hand. On most days, Notre Dame senior forward and DeMatha alum Jerian Grant is the catalyst for these games and workouts, taking advantage of the depth of DMV talent that’s returned home for the summer following their college or pro season. AAU tournaments during the holiday weekend kept Grant, who went to see his younger brother, Jaelin, and local high school players from getting a chance to play against Durant. But plenty of notable names took to the court Saturday, including McNamara and Syracuse alum Arinze Onuaku, who invited Durant, and former Georgetown player Austin Freeman.”