Big 12 Player & Rookie of the Year

November 20th, 2006

IRVING, TEXAS - Junior Aleks Maric (Nebraska) and freshman Kevin Durant (Texas) have been named Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Player and Rookie of the Week for games of Nov. 13 - 19 in voting by a panel of media covering the conference. Maric garners player accolades for the first time, while Durant wins rookie honors for the second time in a many weeks.


Aleks Maric, Nebraska, C, Jr., 6-11, 270, Sydney, Australia/Australian Institute For Sport

Maric returned to the court 11 days after an appendectomy to lead the Cornhuskers to season-opening wins over Nebraska-Omaha (76-62) and No. 20/25 Creighton (73-61). The junior center averaged 23.0 points and 9.5 rebounds. He connected on 65.5 percent (19-of-29) of his shots, while converting 8-of-11 (.727) from the free throw line. Maric finished with 29 points versus UNO in just 29 minutes on 11-of-18 shooting. Against the Blue Jays, he had 17 points, including 15 in the second half as NU pulled away for the win. It was Nebraska’s first win over a ranked non-conference opponent since 2002.


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

Durant rookie recognition comes after posting 25.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.0 blocks and 2.5 assists per game in two outings. He connected on 16-of-36 (.444) shots from the field and 6-of-14 (.429) field goals from 3-point range. He also hit 12-of-13 (.923) free throws. Durant had 21 points, nine rebounds and four blocks in 39 minutes in a 63-61 loss to Michigan State. He followed that performance with 29 points, 10 rebounds, two blocks and four assists in 32 minutes in a 77-76 tally over St. John’s. The point total tied for the fourth-best in Texas history.

2006-07 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Weekly Awards

Player - Rookie
Nov. 13 - A.J. Abrams, Texas, G, So. - Kevin Durant, Texas, F/G, Fr.
Nov. 20 - Aleks Maric, Nebraska, C, Jr. - Kevin Durant, Texas, F/G, Fr.

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