Durant adds to growing list of national awards

Updated: April 1, 2007, 8:01 PM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Texas freshman Kevin Durant continued his run of postseason national honors Sunday when he was named the Naismith Trophy player of the year.

Durant will accept the trophy on Sunday night. He became the first freshman to win the award, as selected by fans and the Atlanta Tipoff Club's panel of journalists, coaches and administrators.

Tipoff Club president Gary Stokan said, "Kevin has enjoyed an incredible season, not only with personal success but in how he helped elevate his team. To think he accomplished everything as a freshman is just all the more impressive."

Durant also was the first freshman to be selected as The Associated Press' college basketball player of the year on Friday. He also won the Adolph Rupp Award as well as player of the year honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the United States Basketball Writers Association.

The 6-foot-9 swingman finished fourth in the country in scoring (25.8) and rebounding (11.1) while leading the Longhorns to a 25-10 record, the Big 12 tournament championship game and the second round of the NCAA Tournament.


Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

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