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How Kevin Durant almost played for North Carolina

Mar 26, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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Kevin Durant in Carolina blue rather than Texas burnt orange?

I have trouble picturing it, but it almost happened, apparently. The New York Post’s Peter Vecsey had a story Sunday primarily about how Kevin Love and Kevin Durant are good friends going way back to seventh grade. How Durant has been over to Love’s family home in Oregon (remember Kevin’s dad Stan played in the NBA).

In there comes the little tidbit about how Durant almost went to North Carolina, as told by writer Bill Feinberg to Vecsey.

“Durant had decided on North Carolina, but at the last minute, (North Carolina coach Roy) Williams made a brain-numbing decision with his lone remaining ride,” Feinberg said. “He tabled Durant and chose Brandan Wright instead. Think Roy regrets that one? Durant landed on his feet, choosing wisely. One of the important reasons for Texas was its great strength and conditioning coach, Todd Wright.”

There are a whole lot of could-have-been recruiting stories like this out there. And even the best coaches make mistakes. But you can bet Michael Jordan is brining this one up to Williams next time they talk.

  1. newin360 - Mar 26, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    How Kevin Durant almost played for The Portland Trailblazers …………..

  2. mjk24871 - Mar 26, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Not sure how much he would regret it ..Brandon wright was acc freshman of the year and helped them to reach an Elite 8 .. While the longhorns got knocked out in the second round of the tourny.. Durant comes up small in big games

  3. mjk24871 - Mar 26, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Durant got knocked out 2nd round of the NCAA while Wright helped UNC to the Elite 8 while also being ACC rookie of the year .. Although it doesn’t translate to the NBA I am sure there is little regret for Roy

  4. myktuggle - Mar 26, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Probably not. MJ is a horrible judge of talent himself. Kwame. Great player. Horrible GM.

    • dacapt704 - Mar 26, 2012 at 2:01 PM

      That was 11-12 years ago and to be fair..there was no clear cut #1 that year. Sure in hindsight its easy to say that but who would you have taken that year?

      Top 10 picks:
      Kwame
      Tyson Chandler
      Pau Gasol (no one knew he was going to be good then)
      E.Curry
      Jason Richardson
      Shane Battier
      Eddie Griffin
      Diop
      Rodney White (who?)
      Joe Johnson
      Kendrick Brown
      Radmonovic
      Richard Jefferson

      Not exactly the class of 2003 is it?

  5. asublimeday - Mar 26, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    He should’ve gone to Maryland. Traitor.

  6. perennialsinn21 - Mar 26, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Ok um who cares he went to texas why is this coming up now

  7. cordae - Mar 26, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    Man, looking at this picture, he went from terribly skinny…to skinny.

    One of my favorite players, on my fav team, if only…

  8. beaverdam21 - Mar 26, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    Does anybody else remember that it was only at the last minute Kevin Love decided on UCLA rather than UNC? Love’s father is a good coach, HS I believe, and was big on the system at Chapel Hill, but he ultimately went with staying in the West. I heard it was a really close call!

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