Durant Big 12's Best Rookie Once Again

January 2nd, 2007

IRVING, TEXAS - Junior Longar Longar (Oklahoma) and sophomore Josh Carter (Texas A&M) along with freshman Kevin Durant (Texas) have been chosen as Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Players and Rookie of the Week, respectively, for games of Dec. 25 - 31 in voting by a panel of media covering the conference. Longar and Carter are honored for the first time, while Durant captures accolades for the fourth time.


Longar Longar, Oklahoma, C, Jr., 6-11, 228, Rochester, Minn./Laurinburg (N.C.) Institute

Longar led Oklahoma to a 69-42 victory over SMU in the Sooners’ only game of the week. The junior center scored 20 points and grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds. He shot 63.6 percent (7-of-11) from the field against the Mustangs, who entered the contest with a 9-1 record. It was the third double-double of Longar’s career, as he also had an assist, block and steal in 32 minutes of action.

Josh Carter, Texas A&M, F, So., 6-5, 195, Dallas, Texas/Lake Highlands

Carter was the leader for Texas A&M as the Aggies posted a 101-27 win over Grambling State. The sophomore tied a Big 12 record with seven 3-pointers in the first half, en route to tying the school mark with eight for the game. He finished with 24 points on 8-of-14 (.571) shooting, including 8-of-13 from beyond the arc. He also had two rebounds, one assist and one steal in 25 minutes. He is averaging 19.0 points in his last four outings.


Kevin Durant, Texas, F/G, Fr., 6-9, 225, Suitland, Md./Montrose Christian School

Durant wins the honor for the second straight week and the fourth time this year after the Longhorns’ 76-66 victory over Centenary. The freshman had a team-high 21 points and a career-high 17 rebounds against the Gents. The 17 boards tied the UT single-game record for rebounds. He was 7-of-17 (.412) from the field and 2-of-4 (.500) from 3-point range. He also had three steals and one block. The four rookie honors for Durant this year ties for the second-most in Big 12 history.