Durant is also the first freshman to claim the Rupp Trophy in the award's 35-year history. The selection was made by a national committee of over 40 present and retired sports writers, coaches, television and radio broadcasters and sports administrators
Each award is given to the National Player of the Year. Durant garnered the same accolade from the National Association of Basketball Coaches last week.
Durant is also a finalist for the John R. Wooden Award, the Associated Press Player of the Year and the Naismith Award.
Durant 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). Durant led the Longhorns to a 25-10 record and the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament.