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Special Photo/Adam Creech (Louisville Athletics Douglasville native Asia Durr wil led the No. 3 Louisville Cardinals in their first ACC contest on Thursday at Georgia Tech.

Adam Creech | Louisville Athletics

Asia Durr is certainly making her case as the best women’s basketball player in the country.

The Douglasville native is a key reason the Louisville Cardinals are ranked No. 3 in the country heading into Thursday’s ACC opener at Georgia Tech.

A 5-foot-10 point guard, Durr is leading the Cardinals with an 18.9 scoring average and she has hit at least one 3-pointer in the last 52 games she has played.

“The season is going well and we are off to a good start,” Durr said. “Our focus has been on us.”

While Durr is a little

Her teammate, Hines-Allen is not bashful in her assessment.

“I think she’s the best player in college basketball and I’m just happy she’s on my team,” Myisha Hines-Allen said to the Louisville Courier Journal newspaper.

And Durr can backup those claims.

A preseason ACC Player of the Year selection, Durr has been added to just about every college basketball watch list.

Last month, she was named to the Citizens Naismith Trophy watch list. The Naismith, which is given by the Atlanta Tip-Off Club, is awarded to the top player in the nation at the end of the season.

"What we're able to do with Asia is take her off the ball and move her around some," Louisville coach JeffWalz said. "Her teammates do a remarkable job of setting screens for her and finding her in space.”

And Durr is also getting it done in the classroom. She was named to the Dean’s List for the Fall semester, earning above a 3.5 grade-point average.

After being home briefly for Christmas, Durr return to Atlanta on Thursday for the ACC opener at McCarmish Pavilion.

“It is great to be able to play in Atlanta again where I have a lot of friends and family,” she said. “It’s been a couple years since we have played in Atlanta. With this being a conference game, it is really huge. I’m just amazed when I look back and realize that it’s been three years since I’ve been out of high school.”

Hampered by an injury her freshman season, Durr had a breakout season as a sophomore. She started all 31 games and led the Cardinals with a 19.2 average and was named to the All-ACC team and was an All-American selection.

She became the 28th member of the school’s 1,000-point club with her performance against Tennessee in the NCAA Tournament.

And this season has been no different. She broke the school record with 47 points and tied a record with nine 3-pointers made in a win over Ohio State.

“I’ve definitely seen myself grow as a player and as a person these last three years,” Durr said. “I’ve been in the weight room working hard. I’ve felt that I’ve gotten a lot stronger and quicker.”

In September, she was one of 30 athletes who have accepted an invitation to participate in the 2017 USA Basketball Women's National Team training camp in Santa Barbara, Calif., in late September.

The roster included five college All-AMericans and 25 WNBA players.

“It was definitely a great experience,” Durr said. “It was a learning experience and fun playing with some of the people that you watch on TV. We are all chasing the same things.”

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