Asia Durr announces final five
Asia Durr, the top undeclared prospect in the 2015 class, has narrowed her college choices down to Baylor, Duke, Louisville, Maryland and Notre Dame.
Durr, a 5-foot-10 ambidextrous point guard who has led St. Pius X (Atlanta) to two straight state titles and last month led Team USA to a gold medal at the FIBA World Championship, said she hopes to make up her mind before her senior season starts in November. But Durr knows it won't be easy. Just choosing her five finalists was tough -- the list fluctuated right up until her announcement to espnW.
"It's pretty stressful, but I'm praying over it," said Durr, the No. 2 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Super 60 for the 2015 class. "I think I have gotten enough help from my parents and my coaches and trainers to guide me in the right direction."
Among the schools Durr considered but has since eliminated from her list are Tennessee, Florida State, Georgia, Rutgers, South Carolina, Connecticut, Kentucky and LSU.
Durr, who writes with her right hand and shoots with her left, spent parts of the past two summers playing for her country in foreign locales such as Mexico and France.
On July 6 in the Czech Republic, she led the United States to a 77-75 win over Spain in the final of the U17 World Championship.
Durr had 17 points and four assists in the final as the United States overcame a 40-point performance by tournament MVP Angela Salvadores of Spain.
"It seemed like they made every shot," said Durr, who scored the Americans' final four points on a field goal in the lane and two free throws. "That put pressure on us."
If Durr felt any heat, she didn't show it, setting a USA record for foul shooting at a U17 tournament by making 88.2 percent.
Durr helped the U.S. finish with a 7-0 record and was her team's second-leading scorer with a 13.4 average.
The Americans' leading scorer was Katie Lou Samuelson, a 6-3 wing from Mater Dei (Santa Ana, California) who has committed to Connecticut. Samuelson is the No. 1 prospect in the 2015 class.
"I've never seen somebody who can shoot the ball as well as she can," Durr said of Samuelson, who averaged 13.9 points in the tournament. "We ran a lot of pick-and-pop plays with her."
Durr is a pretty good shooter, too. She averaged 24.4 points last season for St. Pius (30-3) and led her team to the Class 3A title. She was named Georgia's Gatorade Player of the Year.
She also can do more than score, averaging 7.1 rebounds and 2.5 steals. In the state title game, a 48-45 win over Buford, she had 23 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 assists.
Durr averaged 18.4 points last summer in Mexico, leading Team USA to the gold medal in the FIBA Americas tournament.
In addition, Durr, who carries a 3.2 GPA and is interested in studying sports management, is active in her community.
She has volunteered on behalf of the Shoes For Haiti campaign and has written letters to U.S. troops as part of the Works of Mercy service program. She has helped the homeless, working with the Destiny World Church ministry, and the hungry as part of the Meals on Wheels Association of America.
"I've always been a helping person," Durr said. "It's part of my responsibility to give back to the community. I was brought up to know that when much is given, much is required to give back.
"But I also just love to see the smiles on the faces of the people we help. It brings me joy and brightens my day."
St. Pius coach Kyle Snipes said Durr is a "genuine" person and a stellar player.
"She's also an incredible talent who could have gone to any college in the country," Snipes said. "I'm sure she hated calling the coaches who are not in her top five."