Report: Durant will go to NBA
Austin, TX (Sports Network) – Texas’ Kevin Durant, the first freshman in NCAA
history to earn consensus National Player of the Year honors, has reportedly
decided to make himself eligible for this June’s NBA Draft.
Sources close to the Texas program told the Dallas Morning News of Durant’s
decision, and an official announcement could come Tuesday.
If Durant decides to turn pro, he’s expected to be either the first or second
overall pick, with Greg Oden in the other position, if the Ohio State freshman
also chooses to jump early to the NBA.
Durant led the Longhorns in scoring (25.8 ppg), rebounding (11.1 rpg), blocked
shots (67), steals (66) and double-doubles (20). He was the only player to
rank in the top 10 nationally in both scoring (fourth) and rebounding
The 6-foot-9 Durant completed a sweep of the seven National Player of the Year
awards, including the Wooden Award presentation. He previously won the
Naismith Trophy, the Oscar Robertson Trophy and also the Adolph Rupp Trophy.
Durant completed an incredible season in which he led the Big 12 in scoring
and rebounding, and was named the Conference Player of the Year. He’s also the
second-highest scoring freshman in NCAA history, behind only Chris Jackson of
LSU in 1989.