UT's Durant will go pro
Kevin Durant has decided to turn pro after becoming the first freshman to win all six of the major national player of the year awards, including the Naismith and Wooden awards, according to two sources close to the Texas program.
An official announcement could come as early as today. Durant, his mother, Wanda Pratt, and father, Wayne Pratt, declined to speak to reporters at the Texas team banquet Monday night.
Durant, who grew up in Seat Pleasant, Md., just outside of Washington, D.C., is widely seen as a possible No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft on June 28. He is also expected to command $20 million for a shoe endorsement deal.
Durant's youthful nature – he loves candy, especially Starbursts and Now and Laters, and doesn't even have a driver's license – made it seem like he was 18 going on 16 at times. But his game was well beyond his years (he will turn 19 in September).
His feel on the court and ability to score inside and outside at 6-9, with a wingspan of 7-6, made him a rarely seen phenomenon in the college game and a bankable star in the NBA whenever he decided the time was right....