Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015 | 11:15 p.m.
Jason Landman arrived for his first workout with the Durango High basketball team in June not knowing what to expect. Durango was the third high school program in three years for the 6 foot 8 forward, who came to Las Vegas when his mother found a better job here.
“I considered it like another AAU team,” said Landman who played last season at James Clemens in Alabama. “That's practically what my life has been the last three years. It’s been three AAU teams, just not during AAU season.”
Next season, Landman will play at another school, the Air Force Prep Academy. He verbally committed Monday, picking the school — the first step in playing for Air Force — over interest from Denver, Southern Utah, Utah State and others.
“He plays extremely hard. That is evident as soon as he steps on the court,” said DeShawn Henry, the Durango coach. “He has an incredible work ethic and just hustles on every play.”
Landman averaged 12 points, eight rebounds and three blocks per game last season. As a sophomore at Arab High in Alabama, he averaged 12.3 points per game.
Because of his height, Landman has been used mostly as a post player. But he says he has a good mid-range jumper and is comfortable playing while facing the basket.
He’s fit in perfectly at Durango.
“It wasn’t hard at all,” Henry said on Landman’s transition. “He’s a very smart kid. What speaks volumes about his personality is he bonded with our guys right away.”