IRVING, TEXAS - Senior Mario Boggan (Oklahoma State) and freshman Kevin Durant (Texas) have been chosen as Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively, for games of Dec. 18-24 in voting by a panel of media covering the conference. Boggan wins the honor for the second time this year, while Durant captures accolades for the third time.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Mario Boggan, Oklahoma State, F, Sr., 6-7, 235, Durham, N.C./Hargrave Military Academy
Boggan averaged 25.0 points and 7.5 rebounds as the Cowboys finished with a 1-1 record last week. The senior forward had a huge night against No. 7 Pittsburgh, scoring a career-high 30 points with a key basket in the final minute of a 95-89 double-overtime victory. He also had nine rebounds, two assists and one steal. Earlier in the week, he had 20 points and six rebounds as OSU dropped a 79-77 decision at Tennessee. Boggan shot 51.5 percent (17-of-33) in two games, including 16-of-19 (.842) from the free throw line.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Kevin Durant, Texas, F/G, Fr., 6-9, 225, Suitland, Md./Montrose Christian School
Durant had 27.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per game as the Longhorns split two contests. The freshman tallied a game-high 28 points to go along with 13 rebounds in 32 minutes during a 80-76 win at Arkansas. He followed with 26 points and eight boards in a 111-105 overtime loss at Tennessee. In that game, he converted a runner in the lane with two seconds left to force overtime. Durant was 20-of-38 (.526) from the field and 13-of-18 (.722) from the charity stripe in the two outings. Texas players have won Big 12 Rookie of the Week 25 times in conference history - more than any other league school.