Durant doesn't reveal plans at Texas banquet
AUSTIN -- His belly and his trophy case full, Kevin Durant has completed his banquet circuit to collect his numerous awards as the best player in college basketball.
Now the Texas Longhorns -- and the NBA -- await the freshman's decision whether to play another college season or turn professional.
Monday night's team banquet had been considered a potential announcement date, considering LaMarcus Aldridge used it last year to announce he was entering the draft.
Durant and his family did not talk to reporters after the banquet, but coach Rick Barnes said he expects Durant will make an announcement soon. "I think he'll make a quick decision," Barnes said, noting that Durant's family would remain in town with him for another day or so.
Barnes said Durant has not yet told him what he'll do.
"He's made history. No one's done what he did this year. He swept every major award as a freshman. It's a year we may not ever see again by anybody. It's remarkable," Barnes said.
Durant still has plenty of time to think about his decision. Players have until April 29 to declare for the NBA draft, which takes place June 28 in New York.
"Right now, I don't even know," the 6-foot-9 swingman, a sure bet to be one of the first players picked should he decide to go pro, said Saturday in Los Angeles when he picked up the John. R. Wooden Award.
"I'm just enjoying the moment, having fun," Durant said. "When the time comes, I'll make the right decision."
Durant has been dogged by questions about his future since before he played even his first college game. Although an NBA rule change forced top high school players to spend at least a year on campus, Durant says he always planned to go to school. He's still only 18.
"Being in college has helped me out a lot," Durant said Saturday. "I was always going to come to college. We don't look at ourselves as freshmen -- we look at ourselves as basketball players."
Despite the constant questions, Durant has not hinted which way he's leaning.
And on the court, Durant turned in one of the most brilliant freshman seasons in history.
Durant averaged 25.8 points and 11.1 rebounds -- one of three players in the country to average more than 20 points and 10 rebounds. He led Texas, which started four freshmen, to a third-place finish in the Big 12 and to the second round of the NCAA tournament, where the Longhorns lost to Southern California.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
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