Players and Coaches of the NBA have been very vocal about the young up and coming Mavericks star, Luka Doncic. Everyone in the league has been extremely impressed with the Slovenian born 19-year-old, although Kevin Durant’s take on the young Maverick is a little bit unique.
According to ESPN, Durant says that "He didn't have to go to class, only play ball." as Doncic graduated high school in Spain.
“He’s playing great ball,” Durant said according to ESPN. “Definitely for a 19 year-old to average 20 [points], six [rebounds] and five [assists] is definitely numbers you can look at and consider him for an All-Star selection, but there’s so many great players out there at his position so you never know but just his poise for the game, his stepback three — that’s what he wants to get to most of the time. He’s big and strong, can pass, can play in the pick and roll. He played in Europe last season. The rest of the rookie class played in college. So he’s in the second best league in the world learning how to play the game. He didn’t have to go to class, study hall, none of that extra stuff the rest of the guys had to go through, he was just focusing on his game probably since he was 14 years old. So that’s an advantage for him and you could tell that he’s not shy, he’s not afraid of the moment. And he’s going to be a force.”
Durant makes some good points about Doncic but he was also studying for his classes during his tenure at Real Madrid. If Doncic wanted to go onto college then this is the first year that he would have been eligible to do so after achieving his high school diploma.
His studies like many European basketballers, took a back seat while his focus was mainly on his basketball career. Unlike the NCAA in the United States, there aren’t as many academic demands that a student-athlete has to achieve to be able to play in Spain.
Either way, with the talents that Luka Doncic possess, the kid was going to be a star no matter what, with the All-Star weekend coming up soon, it will be interesting to see if Doncic will be selected.