Jabari Bird recalls his experience at prestigious Kevin Durant Skills Academy

Jabari Bird recalls his experience at prestigious Kevin Durant Skills Academy.
Photo courtesy of UC Berkeley.

We were quite delighted to come across this Scout.com interview with Richmond’s Jabari Bird about Bird’s experiences late last month at the prestigious Kevin Durant Skills Academy.

Bird, a sophomore guard at UC Berkeley, was one of 15 top collegiate wings to be invited to the three-day academy run by Durant, the 2014 NBA most valuable player.

The 6-6 Bird described what it was like trying to cover Durant.

“I tried to guard him. I wasn’t too successful. He’s almost seven feet tall, and it’s hard to contest his shot when he wants to get it up,” Bird told Scout.com. “I might have nicked his elbow. I don’t think he was too frustrated by that.”

Bird also said his goal is to improve upon his freshman season, and added the academy was invaluable toward that goal.

The Salesian High alum played in 31 of Cal’s 35 games as a freshman last season, starting 12 contests. According to his school, he averaged 8.3 points and 2.0 rebounds in 20.0 minutes per game.

But then Bird ignited in the postseason. He started all three games during the Bears’ run to the quarterfinals of the NIT, averaging 16.7 points per game in 28.3 minutes per contest during the three-game span, the university said. Earlier last season, he scored 17 points along with seven rebounds against Syracuse in the Maui Invitational.