Kevin Durant Named USA Basketball Athlete Of The Year

Kevin DurantFormer Longhorn basketball super-mega-ultra star Kevin Durant has been named USA Basketball’s 2010 Male Athlete of the Year.

The much-heralded, much-loved Durant led Team USA to its first FIBA World Championship in 16 years, winning tournament MVP honors and making the five-person All-World Championship Team. (That’s nice to put on the résumé.)

Durant shot a sizzling 55.6 percent from the field, 44.6 percent from 3-point, and 91.2 percent from the free throw line during the 2010 World Championship.

“My goal was to represent my country to the best of my ability,” Durant said in a statement. “I really appreciate all of the coaches and players that I got to share that experience with. I am very humbled by this honor.”

Check out this sweet photo gallery of Durant embarrassing opponents this summer.

Durant played one season at Texas, winning about every award possible, before graduating to the NBA, where he is now an All-Star for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Scope the highlight reel (below) from Durant’s Texas days to reminisce about the burnt-orange phenomenon he was.

Photo courtesy of USA Basketball


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