With just one conversation, it is to easy tell why Asia Durr, 5-foot-10 guard from Douglasville, Ga., is ranked either No. 1 or No. 2 in the Class of 2015. And it has little to do with her gaudy statistics or her impressive list of accolades.
It is Durr’s approach to the game and her relentless work ethic that has served as a foundation during her transformation to a star. She plays the game year round, hitting the gym every day after school. Continuing to improve is a must.
“It’s important to get rest, but you don’t want to take too much time off because there’s always girls out there working harder, that are trying to become the best,’’ Durr said. “So you also want to stay on top of your game and make sure that you can try to become the best.
“I love the game of basketball and that speaks for itself. You never want to stay the same. You always want to become a better basketball player. So that’s me.’’
Durr, who is currently competing at the U-17 Team Trials in Colorado Springs, Colo., has long been recognized among the elite players in the country. She is seeking to win a second straight gold medal with USA Basketball this year after being named the Most Valuable Player of the FIBA Americas U-16 Championship last June in Cancun, Mexico.
Durr averaged a tournament-leading 18.4 points along with 3.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 3.2 steals as the U.S. finished 5-0. She established U.S. U-16 records in scoring, made field goals (31), made free throws (19) and free throws attempted (26).
“I never thought about (being named MVP),’’ Durr said. “I was just so concerned about making the team, becoming a better player and a person and trying to go out there do my thing. I was just trying to go out there and help my team win.’’
What does she expect from herself this year?
“I expect a better (performance),’’ Durr said. “I’ve been in the gym constantly working on my shot, my strength, my ballhandling. So I expect for myself to be much better.’’
Durr earned Gatorade state Player of the Year and Miss Georgia Basketball honors after averaging 24.4 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 2.5 steals in leading St. Pius X High to a 30-3 record and a second straight Class AAA state championship this past season. She had 23 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals in a 48-45 victory over Buford in the state title game to earn MVP honors for the second straight season.
At this point, Durr has a list of 13 schools that she is considering: Baylor, UConn, Duke, Florida State, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Louisville, Maryland, Notre Dame, Rutgers, South Carolina and Tennessee. She had home visits with UConn, Duke, Louisville and Maryland.
Durr said that she expects to narrow her list to five in the next two or three weeks and will likely make her official visits this fall.
“Some cuts are going to be made and I should be committing some time in the fall,’’ said Durr, who is thinking about pursuing a major in sports management. “I’m looking for a college that can help me become the best person I can be off the court and on the court as well. I’m looking for a school where I can win multiple national championships. I’m looking for a school where I’m comfortable playing at, the system fits me well. I’m looking for a coaching staff I’m comfortable with. I could go to them about anything. No matter what it is I can go to them and they’ll be able to help me out with it. And, most importantly, school. Academics is very important. I’m looking for that as well.’’