Posted June 17th, 2005 by Brian
Filed under: Basketball

The rumors are no longer rumors, [tag]Kevin Durant[/tag] has officially committed to play for the Texas Longhorn basketball program.

Kevin DurantThis is the biggest commitment ever for the Longhorns. T.J. Ford was a highly sought after recruit nationally and did much to turn the program into what it is now. Ford made it okay for Texas high school prep stars to stay in state to play college basketball. Durant will do that on a national scale. He’s the highest rated player to ever commit to play for the Horns. The 6’9″ small forward has drawn comparisons to Houston Rocket Tracy McGrady with his ability to shoot from the outside, handle the basketball, and drive to the hoop. His offensive game is more polished than other player coming out of high school this year and should make an immediate impact at Texas.

But if Kevin Durant is so talented and polished, will he ever actually step foot on campus in Austin or is he headed straight for the NBA? Well right now it’s looking pretty good for the Longhorns. Durant appears to be excited about the opportunity to play at Texas. He has said he hopes to win a national title for the Longhorns and hopes to convince fellow blue chippers Darrell Arthur and D.J. Augustin to join him.

Another factor in Texas’ favor is that the proposed NBA minimum-age rule looks more and more like it will be part of the next collective bargaining agreement. A minimum age of 19 would mean Durant would have to spend at least one year in school. Though the league and the players’ union are at odds in several areas, this appears to be one area where both side are in some agreement.

With Rick Barnes pulling off the biggest recruiting coup in program history, the football team coming off a Rose Bowl victory and already reeling in 21 commitments with eight months to go, baseball and softball teams making it to the world series, and a recent track national championship, Longhorn sports teams are having a fantastic first half of 2005. Hopefully they finish the year off as well as they’ve started.


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  2. reply to  #2


    kd is the best player in maryland, but yall ******* don’t know his brotha who went to st. johns military academy in kansas averaged 27.7 to his 23.3 this year. his brother is a juco and will most likely be picked up by maryland

  3. reply to  #3


    Rating high school recruits by comparing PPG averages is useless. It means absolutely nothing.

  4. reply to  #4


    kevin is doing great….i know his brother tony…hes the best player for the team he plays with….butler…BCC… 😀 he stays up the street from me… But yeah…I think Kevin and Tony are both doing really well this season…

  5. reply to  #5


    Kevin Durnat is my favorite player. He already won player of the year and is soon going to good things in the NBA as well.


  6. reply to  #6


    I dont think he’s nothing special just a regular tall person that made it to the nba.I think that hes garbage

  7. reply to  #7


    Um okay. I guess you’ve never actually seen him play have you?

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