Kevin Durant's alma mater Montrose Christian says basketball is no longer 'a top priority'

Kevin Durant's alma mater Montrose Christian says basketball is no longer 'a top priority'

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Kevin Durant's alma mater Montrose Christian says basketball is no longer 'a top priority'

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In this 2005 photo, future NBA player Greivis Vasquez  goes against Tony Brewer in a practice at Montrose Christian (Photo: H. Darr Beiser, USA TODAY)

In this 2005 photo, future NBA player Greivis Vasquez goes against Tony Brewer in a practice at Montrose Christian (Photo: H. Darr Beiser, USA TODAY)

The high school basketball powerhouse that produced NBA stars Kevin Durant and Greivis Vasquez has decided that basketball will no longer by a “top priority,” a school official told The Washington Post.

Montrose Christian, a private school in Rockville, Md., was known for its basketball program, but school Chancellor Ken Fentress says the embattled school is about more than basketball. Fentress said a decision has not been made about whether the program will still exist next season.

The future of the school has been in question and its property is for sale amid strained relationships with the local community. The Post cited Maryland court records that indicate Montrose Christian Baptist Church has paid more than $744,000 in federal and state tax liens in the past 16 months.

“We are not the basketball school that some people might have supposed over the past several years,” Fentress said. “We’ve got a mission and a vision here that far exceeds basketball. If basketball helps us to reach our mission, we’ll have a basketball team or any other sports team. If it doesn’t help us reach our mission, we won’t do it.

“I know basketball is a big deal for a lot of people, and it is important and I don’t want to diminish the role it plays,” he continued. “But man, it’s not the most important thing for us here. We don’t operate in that universe anymore. I think if the school did in its past, that’s not who we are now.”
 
While Fentress would not comment on the status of coach Bryan Bartley, who declined comment. The Post said Bartley called a team meeting two weeks ago and told players he would not be returning. A number of players are looking for places to transfer, according to the report.
 
The program rose to prominence under coach Stu Vettter, who served as coach from 1999 until he resigned to years ago. Bartley has led the team to a 44-9 record in the past two seasons but the school has not returned to the national picture
 
 

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