Big 12 Player & Rookie of the Week

November 13th, 2006
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AUSTIN, TX - University of Texas sophomore guard A.J. Abrams has been named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Player of the Week, while freshman swingman Kevin Durant earned the league¹s Rookie of the Week honor, the conference office announced Monday.

The award is chosen by a panel of media covering Big 12 men¹s basketball. This marked the first career Big 12 weekly honor for both Abrams and Durant.

Abrams claimed MVP honors at the Austin Regional of the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer, averaging 20.5 points in 24.5 minutes per contest to lead Texas to wins against Alcorn State (103-44) and Chicago State (92-66). He connected on 14-of-22 (.636) field goals, including 11-of-17 (.647) from three-point range during the two games.

Abrams had 13 points in 19 minutes during the win against Alcorn State. He returned to post a career-high 28 points while hitting 8-of-11 three-pointers against Chicago State. Abrams tied a UT record for most 3-pointers made in a half, converting 6-of-7 threes in the opening 20 minutes.

Durant averaged 20.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.5 blocks and 2.0 steals per game in the two victories. He converted 14-of-28 (.500) field goals, including 5-of-11 (.455) from three-point range, and 8-of-10 (.800) free throws.

Durant recorded a game-high 20 points in 22 minutes during the victory against Alcorn State. He returned to register 21 points and a team-best 13 boards and five blocks against Chicago State.

No. 21 Texas (2-0 Big 12) returns to action when it heads to New York City to face Michigan State in the semifinal round of the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer on Thursday, Nov. 16. Tip is set for 8
p.m. (central) at Madison Square Garden, and the game will be televised nationally by ESPN2.

- From Texas Media Relations