By Chris Le
Texas Longhorns star forward Kevin Durant added the John Wooden Award — which is given to the most outstanding player in college basketball — to his Naismith, Oscar Robertson and Adolph F. Rupp trophies and The Associated Press Player of the Year and NABC Player of the Year awards. Durant, who averaged 25.8 ppg and 11.1 rpg for the season, is the first freshman in college basketball history to win the Naismith and Wooden awards, beating out Texas A&M’s Acie Law IV, Ohio State’s Greg Oden, North Carolina’s Tyler Hansbrough and Wisconsin’s Alando Tucker.
Amid this shower of Player of the Year trophies and awards, there have been reports that Durant will in fact declare for the upcoming NBA Draft. The news was broken by DraftExpress.com which claims to have “multiple sources, both from the NBA and close to [Durant] himself.”
Are these rumors true? We’ll have to wait and see, but will it be that much of a surprise if he does come out?
Though I’ve had a gut feeling for quite a while that he and Oden will stay in college (I know it sounds like a pipedream, but like I said, it’s a gut feeling), I would be more surprised if Durant returned. His overall game is more NBA-ready than Oden’s, which is still a little lacking in the offensive department. One more year in college would benefit Oden much more than Durant. However, this might be a moot point, as it appears both will be shaking NBA Commissioner David Stern’s hand come June.