March 4, 2007

Durant is the Big 12 Player of the Year

Texas Longhorns freshman forward Kevin Durant put together the best season in Big 12 history, breaking numerous records that have stood since the 1996-97 season and on Sunday, Durant was named the Big 12 Player of the Year, conference freshman of the Year and Big 12 first-team all-defensive team.

The awards for the 6-foot-9 freshman forward will likely be the first of many as Durant is arguable the leader for the Naismith and Wooden awards.

In the 16-game conference season, Durant averaged 28.9 points, 12.5 rebounds, 2.1 steals, 1.6 blocks and 1.2 assists on the Longhorns' third place team.

With the hot shooting performance Saturday at Kansas, Durant finished the conference season shooting 50.5 percent (157 of 311) from the field and 50.5 percent (50-99) from the 3-point line.

While a lot of the talk around the Big 12 recently had Texas A&M Aggie senior guard Acie Law running neck and neck with Durant for the Big 12 Player of the Year award, there was no way to get around the fact that Durant had put together the best season in the history of the conference and did it on a ranked team.

The Big 12 tracks 13 statistical categories during the conference season and the dominance of Durant showed up in bright lights.

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