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Durant: 'It's My Time to Go'
He concedes it was the toughest decision he has ever made. Ultimately, the opportunity to immediately realize a lifelong dream prompted Longhorn All-American Kevin Durant to declare for NBA Draft Tuesday.

Audio: Kevin Durant's Press Conference
Kevin Durant announced on Tuesday his intention to hire an agent and enter the NBA Draft. Listen to Durant's press conference in its entirety.

Inside Texas Blog: What Now?
Kevin Durant will announce his intentions to enter the NBA Draft this afternoon at a 4 p.m. press conference, according to multiple reports. So where does that leave Rick Barnes' Horns heading into the 2007-08 season?

Durant departing
Austin American-Statesman
Kevin Durant, having served his one-year obligation to college basketball, said Tuesday that he will leave the University of Texas to launch a career in the NBA. He is expected to be the No. 1 or 2 pick in the NBA draft, which will be held on June 28 in New York City.

Departing Durant is product of a great support system.
Austin American-Statesman
Thank Kevin Durant, Texas fans. Put away any selfish thoughts. Don't play the "get an education" card when you're just hoping to see your team in the Final Four next year. Wish him well in his next venture. Just like you did with T.J. Ford.

Next up for Texas
Austin American-Statesman
Kevin Durant's departure leaves a big void for the Longhorns next season, but don't expect a tailspin.

Durant on NBA: 'It's just been my dream'
Dallas Morning News
Texas freshman Kevin Durant was asked Tuesday to picture himself playing against Shaquille O'Neal and Tim Duncan in the NBA next season. "You trying to scare me?" he joked.

Durant to leave UT for NBA
San Antonio Express-News
Kevin Durant, Texas' sensational freshman swingman, spent his latest Tuesday in much the same manner he had spent scores of afternoons before. He was in the practice gym, sweating and working. Just before 4 p.m., Durant emerged from his daily workout long enough to ensure that this particular Tuesday would be anything but ordinary. Breaking three weeks of near silence on the issue, Durant announced his decision to forgo his collegiate eligibility and enter the NBA draft.

Barnes for Durant? A good trade
San Antonio Express-News
Today, Durant will announce his intention to enter the NBA draft, and – at least for the moment – it will give rise to wailing and gnashing of teeth among UT faithful. For the short-term health of the program, it doesn't help to lose the best player in school history. That is the bad news. The good news? Thanks to another star who stayed, the long-term prognosis for the UT program remains strong.

It's one and done for Durant at UT
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Kevin Durant said once away from the ceremony surrounding the Wooden Award last weekend, he finally had a moment to reflect on the decision he and his family had made that he would declare for the June NBA Draft.

It's A.D. era for Horns
Houston Chronicle
From the moment he signed one of the nation's top players last spring, Texas coach Rick Barnes knew the commitment came with an expiration date. Prepare yourself for 2007-08 A.D. After Durant.

Durant says 'yes' to his NBA dream
Daily Texan
C'mon, be honest with yourself. You'd be lying if you said you're shocked that Kevin Durant has declared for this year's NBA draft. In a way, we all knew it was coming. Sure, there was a little hope that the most electrifying player in college basketball would return for his sophomore season at Texas. And for a while, it seemed like that could have been a reality. But after Tuesday's press conference in which Durant formally announced his decision to turn pro - where he'll likely be the No. 1 or No. 2 overall pick - it's now official. And you know what, I can't blame him.

Freshman follows his heart, declares for the NBA Draft
Daily Texan
Kevin Durant officially declared for the NBA Draft Tuesday, almost one month after Texas ended its season, and the speculation about the freshman's future began.

Football recruiting:

Lynn Katoa: Two New Offers, Visits Ahead
Salt Lake City, Utah linebacker Lynn Katoa's name has been tossed around by the Longhorn faithful for about a month now. He was supposed to make a trip down to Austin for UT's spring game, but something came up. Has Katoa scheduled another visit to the 40 Acres and how do two new offers factor into the equation?


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