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Durant is first freshman named AP player of year

Updated: March 31, 2007, 1:56 AM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Kevin Durant of Texas was selected Friday as The Associated Press' college basketball player of the year, becoming the first freshman to receive the honor.

The 6-foot-9 swingman finished fourth in the country in scoring (25.8) and rebounding (11.1) while leading the Longhorns to a 25-10 record, the Big 12 tournament championship game and the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

"He carried a very young team but never looked at it that way," Texas coach Rick Barnes said. "He ...

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