For the 2006â07 college season, Durantâwho had grown to 6 ft 9 in (2. 06 m)âaveraged 25. 8 points, 11. 1 rebounds, and 1. 3 assists per game for the Texas Longhorns as a student at the University of Texas. The Longhorns finished the year with a 25â10 record overall and a 12â4 record in conference. Awarded a fourth seed in the NCAA Tournament, Texas won their first round match-up against New Mexico State but were upset in the second round by USC despite a 30-point and 9-rebound performance from Durant. For his outstanding play, Durant was recognized as the unanimous national player of the year, winning the John R. Wooden Award, the Naismith College Player of the Year Award, and all eight other widely recognized honors and awards. This made Durant the first freshman to win any of the national player of the year awards. On April 11, he officially declared for the NBA draft. His #35 jersey was later retired by the Longhorns.
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