Kevin Durant (born September 29, 1988 in Washington, D.C.) is a 6'9" American college basketball player who played for the University of Texas at Austin in the Big 12 Conference of the NCAA during the 2006-2007 season. He was selected as the 2006-2007 Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Year and received numerous other awards. After his freshman season, Durant opted to enter the NBA Draft.
A basketball player from his earliest days, Durant played for a very successful AAU youth basketball team. Durant's team, the PG Jaguars, won multiple national championships and included fellow blue chip recruits Michael Beasley (Kansas State) and Chris Braswell (Georgetown). Durant later moved on to play AAU ball with fellow McDonald's All American Tywon Lawson (North Carolina) for the DC Blue Devils. During this time Durant also starred for the Oak Hill Academy basketball team, which won the 2005 USA Today National Championship. Durant transferred back home for the 2005-2006 school year to play for Stu Vetter at Montrose Christian School in Rockville, Maryland. At Montrose, Durant led the team in scoring and was named 2006 All-Met Player of the Year in Boys' Basketball by The Washington Post. Durant also was named a McDonald's All American and was co-MVP of the 2006 McDonald's All American game with Chase Budinger. Coming out of high school, Durant was widely regarded as the second-best high school basketball player from the class of 2006 (behind Greg Oden).
Durant, a 6' 9" small forward with a 7'4¾" wingspan, was widely hailed by the media as the Big 12's top freshman and a top candidate for Freshman of the Year. He averaged 25.8 points per game and 11.1 rebounds a game his freshman year. In Big 12 play he averaged 28.9 points per game and 12.5 rebounds. His college career high for scoring is 37, which he has achieved on four occasions. Durant had twenty 30-point games his freshman year, including a losing effort against Kansas for the regular season Big 12 title.
In March 2007, Durant was named the NABC Division I Player of the Year, and received the Oscar Robertson Trophy and the Adolph F. Rupp Trophy, becoming the first freshman to win each of these awards. On March 30, 2007, he was selected as the Associated Press college player of the year, becoming the first freshman and the first Texas athlete to receive this award since its inception in 1961. On April 1, 2007 he became the first freshman to receive the Naismith Award and on April 7, 2007, won the John R. Wooden Award.
In late February 2007, Durant received an invitation to the Team USA Basketball training camp. He is the second freshman to be invited to the camp (Greg Oden being the other).
Durant declared himself eligible for the 2007 NBA Draft on April 11, 2007, and most experts currently view him and fellow freshman Greg Oden as the two players likely to be selected either 1st overall by the Portland Trail Blazers or 2nd by the Seattle Supersonics.
On May 25, 2007, Durant signed his first professional contract. His contract was with Upper Deck, Co.. The company said that Durant will be the focus of their 2007-2008 NBA trading card line. Other athletes with Upper Deck deals include LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade. Durant was also announced to be the coverboy of the new NCAA March Madness 2008 video game by EA Sports. Durant is spending time in Canada while programmers recreate his game. Most recently, Durant has been named to the US National Basketball Olympic Team.
In the 2007 pre-draft camp, Durant was unable to bench press 185 lbs. His vertical leap, agility and sprint numbers were worse than those of Greg Oden, even though Oden is taller (7'0" in shoes) and 42 lbs heavier. Durant did top Oden in wing-span by 3/4 of an inch (7'4.75").
* 2007 ESPN All-American
* 2007 ESPN Player of the Year
* 2007 NABC Division I Player of the Year
* 2007 AP Player of the Year (First freshman to do so)
* 2007 AP All-America 1st Team (unanimous)
* 2007 Oscar Robertson Trophy
* 2007 Adolph Rupp Trophy
* 2007 Naismith Award Winner (First freshman to do so)
* 2007 John R. Wooden Award All-American Team
* 2007 John R. Wooden Award Winner
* Big 12 Rookie of the Week (six times)
* Big 12 Player of the Week (four times)
* 2007 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Awards:
o Player of the Year
o Big 12 Freshman of the Year
o All-Big 12 First Team (unanimous)
o Big 12 All-Defensive Team
o Big 12 All-Rookie Team (unanimous)
* 2007 AP National Player of the Year