Kevin Durant Named AP All-American

NEW YORK -- University of Texas freshman swingman Kevin Durant has been named to The Associated Press All-America First Team, the wire service announced Monday.

Kevin Durant becomes the third player in school history to earn first-team All-America recognition from the AP, joining Chris Mihm (2000) and T.J. Ford (2003).

Durant was the only unanimous choice of the 72-member national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25. Durant was joined on the first team by Alando Tucker (Wisconsin), Acie Law IV (Texas A&M), Arron Afflalo (UCLA) and Greg Oden (Ohio State). Durant and Oden became just the third and fourth freshmen (since freshmen became eligible in 1972-73) to earn a spot on the AP first team. The pair joined Wayman Tisdale of Oklahoma (1983) and Chris Jackson of LSU (1989).

"I am not very big on individual honors, but I am very humbled to be included on the Associated Press All-America team," Durant said. "When you look at the other four guys who are on the first team, I am honored to be mentioned with them. I have so much respect for how each one of them has led their respective teams and handled themselves, both on and off the court. I look up to each one of them."

Durant, the NABC National Player of the Year, led the Big 12 Conference in scoring (25.8 ppg), rebounding (11.1 rpg) and blocked shots (67). He is the only player in the country to rank in the Top 10 nationally in both scoring (fourth) and rebounding (fourth).

"There's no question Kevin deserves every individual accolade that he will receive in the coming weeks," Texas coach Rick Barnes said. "But the one thing I respect most about Kevin is that he is the ultimate team player. He really doesn't care about the individual numbers and awards. All he cares about is the success of his team. When you're around a guy like that, it makes coaching him a joy."

2007 Associated Press All-America Teams
First Team: Kevin Durant (Texas), Alando Tucker (Wisconsin), Acie Law IV (Texas A&M), Aaron Afflalo (UCLA), Greg Oden (Ohio State).
Second Team: Nick Fazekas (Nevada), Jared Dudley (Boston College), Chris Lofton (Tennessee), Joakim Noah (Florida), Tyler Hansbrough (North Carolina).
Third Team: Aaron Brooks (Oregon), Al Thornton (Florida State), Aaron Gray (Pittsburgh), Jeff Green (Georgetown), Al Horford (Florida).

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