Durant Big 12's Best Rookie Once Again
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.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
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.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
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.