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Football recruiting

Chancey Aghayere: Still Open
It was originally thought that Chancey Aghayere wouldn't make it to UT's summer camp, but he ended up attending. The Garland defensive end has been tight lipped about favoring any specific program over the last couple of months, but he talked to IT about his Austin visit and a recent report that seemed to indicate that Florida has moved into position to win his signature in February of 2008.


No Surprise: Durant Second Pick Of NBA Draft
Former Texas basketball All-American Kevin Durant was the First-Round pick (No. 2 overall) of the Seattle Supersonics during Thursday's NBA Draft at New York City's Madison Square Garden.

Analysis: Durant will need some help
Eight years ago, Kevin Durant shared a boy's dream with his mother, Wanda Pratt, whose days were filled with work at a Suitland, Md., post office. He told her he wanted to be a basketball player, and she was dutifully supportive and encouraging in her response, giving her son some simple yet useful advice: work hard.

UT's Durant picked second
Austin American-Statesman
The basketball prodigy didn't figure on saving a franchise. Only 18 years old, Kevin Durant was angling for the role of subordinate, hoping to become Ray Allen's helper. On Thursday, Seattle's new general manager, 30-year-old Sam Presti, a prodigy himself, jabbed the accelerator, initiating a rebuilding process.

Oden, Durant go one-two
San Antonio Express-News
Thirty hours earlier, Kevin Durant had stared into the cluster of TV cameras and microphones and announced that, no, he most certainly did not consider himself an 18-year-old savior for the Seattle SuperSonics. "They have Ray Allen there, one of the best players to ever play the game," Durant said. "I'm just trying to help him out." Durant is going to be of little assistance to Allen now, unless he knows of a good deal on a house in Boston. By the time Durant had finished pulling on his new Sonics baseball cap Thursday night as the second overall pick in the NBA draft, Seattle already had agreed to send Allen to the Celtics in a blockbuster trade that figures to accelerate the development of the former Texas Longhorn.

Oden, Durant are top 2 as expected
Houston Chronicle
They won't play on the same team. But Greg Oden and Kevin Durant will virtually be next-door neighbors in Portland and Seattle and share a link throughout their pro careers as the No. 1 and 2 picks in the NBA draft Thursday.

Hello Durant, goodbye Allen
Seattle Times
The day promised to be special. With the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft, the Sonics figured to select a player who'd transform a franchise that has missed the playoffs in four of the past five years and finished 31-51 last season. Taking Kevin Durant, the offensive savant from the University of Texas, was a no-brainer after the Portland Trail Blazers made Ohio State center Greg Oden the first player chosen. The real fireworks occurred seconds earlier when new general manager Sam Presti dealt seven-time All-Star Ray Allen to Boston for the No. 5 pick, forward Wally Szczerbiak and guard Delonte West. The Celtics also received Seattle's 35th pick (Glen Davis) in the second round for a 2008 second-round pick.

Durant and deals usher in new era for Sonics
Seattle Times
Before the news conference began, Kevin Durant glanced uninterestedly at a television set just as the trade of Ray Allen was being announced. It took a moment for the news to register. The newest Sonic did a take. Then he did a double take. Allen was being traded to Boston for point guard Delonte West, shooter Wally Szczerbiak and the fifth pick, which turned out to be Big East player of the year Jeff Green. In one blink, the Sonics had become younger, faster and fresher. They had become longer, more interchangeable, more athletic. A gaggle of players between 6 feet 9 and 6-11 who can play. In one dramatic night, they had become much better.

Sonics draft franchise player, trade biggest star to Celtics
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Just minutes after taking Kevin Durant with the second pick, the Sonics traded franchise cornerstone Ray Allen to the Boston Celtics for veteran forward Wally Szczerbiak, third-year guard Delonte West and Georgetown forward Jeff Green, who was nabbed with the fifth pick.

Sonics' rebuilding looks more like demolition
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
That can't be all. No team plays decent NBA basketball with a dozen forwards and no proven players at center and point guard. At the moment, the Sonics roster is the hoops equivalent of Pam Anderson. It's going to topple over without some ballast and balance. So any rational judgment about the biggest draft day in the Sonics' 40-year history must be reserved. More has to be coming.

Sonics hit lottery twice; fans wonder whether it will pay off
The Olympian
By choosing Kevin Durant, an electrifying forward from the University of Texas, with the second overall pick in the NBA Draft Thursday, the Seattle SuperSonics got the college player of the year and an All-Star in the making. Now, Sonics owner Clay Bennett and many fans hope the buzz created by having the second pick in the draft for only the second time in team history will translate into legislative support for a user tax to help finance a $500 million arena.

At Heisman event, even 'Horns, Aggies are friends
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
This may set the rivalry between Aggies and Longhorns back to the Stone Age. John David Crow is volunteering to chauffer Earl Campbell around Austin anytime he wants.

Campbell to highlight Heisman reunion
Daily Texan
Some of college football's greatest players are descending upon Austin as the Baron Creek Resort and Spa hosts the inaugural Heisman Winners Association Weekend. As many as 30 former winners from eight different decades will participate in the largest gathering of Heisman winners in history. "Since its inception, the HWA has been working toward establishing an annual event to raise funds for the HWA Foundation," HWA Chairman and the only two-time Heisman winner Archie Griffin said. "This is that event." The event will honor a pair of Texas football legends, as Earl Campbell of UT celebrates his 30-year anniversary of capturing the coveted trophy along with John David Crow of Texas A&M who won the award in 1957.

Women's hoops

Texas denies talking to OU's Coale
Dallas Morning News
Texas women's athletic director Chris Plonsky on Thursday issued a statement refuting Oklahoma president David Boren's claim that OU women's basketball coach Sherri Coale was offered the Texas job that went to Gail Goestenkors.


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