Further proof of Victor Oladipo's ascension from unheralded DeMatha prospect to the No. 2 overall in the NBA Draft came Sunday night at his former High School - against Kevin Durant. Look past the high-rising guard's inclusion in the Goodman League Roundball Classic. Even with several future professional peers also on the court and John Wall observing from the sideline it was Oladipo in the game's spotlight matchup versus the Oklahoma City Thunder star. Durant is the face of D.C. area basketball not to mention part of an incredibly short list of those considered the best in the NBA. The local products faced each other throughout landing basketball-type haymakers via long distance shots highlight dunks and tight defense until the final buzzer which came without an actual winner declared. The game ended in a 116-116 tie. "It was real fun just to go against him [after] growing up watching him play" Oladipo said. "It's just the competitive nature of both of us. He's a great player one of if not the best player in the league." The mano-y-mano type scenario developed in the second quarter. On one possession Oladipo stole the ball from Durant and quickly went into offensive mode with a fast break dunk. Moments later the Orlando Magic rookie and supposedly suspect perimeter shooter pulled up from just inside half court and drained a 3-pointer. The 6-foot-11 Durant who finished with a game-high 40 points then backed down the 6-foot-3 Oladipo before fading back for a high degree of difficulty 3-pointer at the buzzer. "I'm happy for him" Durant said of Oladipo. "He worked his way to the top so you've got to respect him. I was going to support him since he came from this area. We've kind of got a brotherhood everybody in the league that's from this area. I know he's going to do well." Durant scored the final basket at the end quarters one two and three but nobody scored a true final basket.
Durant-Oladipo battle at Goodman League Classic
CSN Washington | Aug 26