Wall of Fame—Lemar Durant

Q & A with Coquitlam Sports Wall of Fame's Male High School Athlete of 2009 Lemar Durant:

Question: Looking back at 2009—beginning with helping Centennial get back to the BCs in basketball in the winter, followed 9 months later with the BC High School AAA Football championship—were you surprised at the accomplishments that the team(s) achieved, or did you have a feeling that everything was going to come together?

DURANT: No, I had high expectations for the football and basketball teams, I knew we had the talent, the question was if we had the work ethic and chemistry to get it done, and we did. But this in no way was an easy task. In football, after (quarterback) Luke Williams went down due to injury (ED NOTE: Williams was suffered a season-ending injury early in the season), the team's morale dropped, everyone was worried, but we had a good group of kids and captains to take the younger kids under our wing and make it happen.

Question: What was the main reason behind your and your Centennial teams' successes in 2009?

DURANT: The main reasons behind our success were we just looked at it from a mental viewpoint, and asked ourselves is there anyway that these other teams could really hang with us? IN no way being cocky, but being really confident… and it sounds funny but we felt that we had too much 'swagg' for us to lose.

Question: What does it mean to you to be named the Coquitlam Wall of Fame's High School Male Athlete of 2009?

DURANT: A huge honour. It means a lot to be named the athlete of the year. It makes you feel like all of your hard work and time put in [has] paid off, especially considering there are a lot of great athletes that were fighting for this award.

Question: Tell me what you are doing right now, and how life at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, where you have a scholarship to play NCAA football, is going?

DURANT: Right now I am doing all I can to get my knee back to 100 per cent so I can work my way back into the lineup [EDITOR'S NOTE: Durant suffered a season-ending knee injury during the first week of fall practice] … I'm trying to focus on my school work. Overall, university is going well. It took me a little bit to get adjusted but now I'm settling in and ready to go.
Lemar Durant
Lemar Durant

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