Durant named NABC National Player of the Year

Kevin Durant has been selected as the Division I Player of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), the organization announced Wednesday.

Texas freshman forward Kevin Durant is the first freshman in the award's history and the first player from The University of Texas to earn the accolade.

Durant will receive his award on Sunday, April 1, at the annual NABC Awards Show in the Sydney Marcus Auditorium at the Georgia World Congress Center at 6 p.m.

One of four finalists for the Naismith Award and one of five finalists for the Oscar Robertson Trophy (USBWA's National Player of the Year), Durant is the only player in the nation to rank in the Top 10 nationally in both scoring (fourth) and rebounding (fourth). He led the team in scoring (25.8 ppg), rebounding (11.1 rpg), blocked shots (67), steals (66), double-doubles (20) and minutes played (35.9 mpg). He reached the 30-point mark in a school-record 11 games, the 20-point plateau in 30 contests and posted double digits in points in all 35 games.

Durant recorded 903 points during the year, setting a school and Big 12 season record for scoring. The point total also marked the second-highest point total by a freshman in NCAA history (965 by Chris Jackson of LSU in 1988-89). Durant's 390 rebounds also are a school single-season record and rank second on the Big 12 season chart and third on the NCAA freshman season list.

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