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Oakwood High School’s Damiyne Durham, a Class 1A, 6-5 all-state shooting guard, has verbally committed to the Baylor basketball program.

Durham chose Baylor when he visited Saturday after making the 90-mile drive from East Texas. He’s the first commitment in Baylor’s 2014 class.

“Damiyne really had a good visit and they have everything he’s interested in,” said Ashley McGruder, Oakwood’s girls’ basketball coach who describes herself as Durham’s mentor and trainer. “He really likes the academics at Baylor. He likes the success the basketball program has had.”

Durham was named Class 1A Division II all-state after averaging 27.6 points and 8.5 rebounds as a junior for Oakwood’s regional finalist squad.

“We call him Superman,” said Ronnie Dunn, Oakwood’s boys’ basketball and football coach. “He can do anything he wants with a basketball. He’s the most gifted player I’ve seen at this level. When he steps into the gym, he’s in shooting range and he can dunk on you.”

Durham was also named second-team all-state as a safety in six-man football. As a quarterback, he accumulated more than 3,000 yards and 54 touchdowns for Oakwood last season. However, Dunn said Durham decided not to play football this year to concentrate on basketball.

Despite playing for a small school, he has been recruited by Kansas State, Michigan, Missouri and Texas A&M. Durham plays AAU basketball for the Houston-based Franchize All-Stars.

“He likes the freedom (the Bears) play with,” McGruder said. “One of his favorite players is Pierre Jackson.”

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