It also helps that KD has backed the startup Overtime with millions of dollars to increase exposure for the nation's elite high school basketball prospects, establishing and creating relationships between them, the NBA, and fans as they continue to progress after high school, college, and the NBA. That's the kind of support that keeps on supporting. In February, Business Insider published a quality piece describing the value the network creates for players, schools, coaches, fans, and team owners alike.
Even without all of that, it's flat out special to see the lifelong relationship between the best player Kevin Durant and the best coach Rick Barnes strong as ever at the height of success. An elite recruit can take one look at where KD is at the top of the basketball world and in the same moment see who his Coach was after he graduated high school just like they're about to do.
Brilliant recruiting indeed because a player can see with their own eyes what's possible for them without needing to hear a single word.
Coach Barnes has built something really special and the players blessed to be part of it will experience the rewards for the rest of their lives.
If I had to pick a player that this kid plays like, it would be Steph Curry. A lot of similar moves and style. Great ball handler w serious range, great floaters, and quick release on the jumper. I guess these young guys are emulating now.