Durant Wins Wooden Award, Completes Sweep

Texas freshman swingman Kevin Durant was named the winner of the 2007 John R. Wooden Award honoring the nation's top collegiate basketball player, it was announced Saturday during a nationally-televised ceremony at the Los Angeles Athletic Club. But what of Durant's future?

DraftExpress.com announced late Saturday morning that Kevin Durant would declare for the NBA Draft later in the week. DraftExpress.com cited "multiple sources" within the NBA as well as those "close to the (Durant) family." Yet, when UCLA-great Marques Johnson (the first recipient of the Wooden Award) asked Durant about his plans for the future after handing him the hardware, Durant replied: "I don't know. I'm just enjoying the moment."

Durant is the first freshman to win the award, which was first presented in 1977. He is the second Longhorn to receive the honor, joining T.J. Ford who garnered the accolade in 2003. Durant also completed a sweep of the seven National Player of the Year awards. He previously won the Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T, the Oscar Robertson Trophy (U.S. Basketball Writers Association), the Adolph Rupp Trophy (Commonwealth Athletic Club of Kentucky) and was named Player of the Year by The Associated Press, the National Association of Basketball Coaches and CBS/Chevrolet.

Durant received 4,351 points during the Wooden Award balloting, outdistancing Greg Oden of Ohio State in second with 2,858 points. Alando Tucker (Wisconsin) placed third with 2,779 points, while Acie Law of Texas A&M (2,708 points) and Tyler Hansbrough of North Carolina (2,142 points) rounded out the top five vote-getters.

"I am humbled to receive this award," Durant said. "I'd like to congratulate Acie, Alando, Greg and Tyler as I have a lot of respect for them and how they have handled themselves, both on and off the court. I want to thank all my teammates and coaches at Texas, as this is a team award. I look to forward to sharing this award with all of them back in Austin."

Durant led the Big 12 Conference in scoring (25.8 ppg), rebounding (11.1 rpg), blocked shots (67) and double-doubles (20). 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.

2007 John R. Wooden Award Final Balloting
Rk. Player (School) Points
1. Kevin Durant (Texas) 4,351
2. Greg Oden (Ohio State) 2,858
3. Alando Tucker (Wisconsin) 2,779
4. Acie Law (Texas A&M) 2,708
5. Tyler Hansbrough (North Carolina) 2,142
6. Arron Afflalo (UCLA) 1,891
7. Joakim Noah (Florida) 1,741
8. Nick Fazekas (Nevada) 1,406
9. Brandon Rush (Kansas) 837
10. Aaron Brooks (Oregon) 799

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