Kevin Durant Reacts to LaMelo Ball, Zion Williamson, Cam Reddish and More

Andrew Gould@AndrewGould4Featured ColumnistNovember 28, 2017

Kevin Durant recently put on his scouting hat and analyzed game footage of several highly touted high school basketball players for Overtime.

He started, of course, with LaMelo Ball. Although the Golden State Warriors star said LaMelo "played kind of erratic at Chino Hills," he also praised the youngest Ball sibling's quick release and improved athleticism.            

Golden State faces LaMelo's older brother Lonzo Ball and the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night at Staples Center.

Next up was Zion Williamson, 247Sports' No. 2 talent from the class of 2018. Durant called the human highlight reel a "once-in-a-generation type athlete" who is "nearly impossible" to stop in transition. 

Seconds into watching New Jersey junior Scottie Lewis, Durant said: "Oh wow. Oh yeah, he got something. ... He got the launching-pad athleticism. As soon as he touches a certain area of the floor, he's just going to bounce."

The reigning NBA Finals MVP also saw a future star in Cam Reddish, a 5-star forward, according to 247Sports, who committed to Duke. Durant marveled at the prospect's "smooth" game.

In addition, Luther Muhammad's tenacity caught the 29-year-old's attention. Cole Anthony, the son of Greg Anthony, impressed him with his athleticism. And the eight-time All-Star noted Keldon Johnson "can score points in bunches."

Durant could have to play against some of these prospects down the road, so it's never too early to start studying his future competition.      

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