Coach Krzyzewski Praises Kevin Durant at Team USA Mini Camp

Friday, July 24th 2009, 1:08 pm
By: News 9

NEWS 9 Sports

LAS VEGAS -- After one day of this summer's mini-camp for the 2010 U.S. national team, the Thunder's Kevin Durant is already distinguishing himself among his teammates.

The team held only one 12-minute scrimmage Thursday, and Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski said Durant was the most dominant of the 20 players on the floor.

Krzyzewski added that Durant's versatility as a shooter and defender make him a perfect fit alongside LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwayne Wade and Kobe Bryant.

The 20-year-old Durant has developed a sense of familiarity with Krzyzewski's system. This is the third consecutive summer that Durant has worked out with the team, and Krzyzewski noted that Durant has shown considerable determination and commitment all three years.

Krzyzewski seriously considered Durant for the 12th and final roster spot on the team that won the gold medal in the Beijing games, but the spot eventually went to Detroit's Tayshaun Prince.

The mini-camp will last two more days this summer, and another will be held next year before the roster is made official.

The team will travel to Turkey next August looking to win its first world championship since 1994.

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