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
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.
"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
"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
Despite the constant questions, Durant has not hinted which way
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.