Durant is Big 12's Best For Third Time

    
January 29th, 2007
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IRVING, TEXAS - Freshman Kevin Durant (Texas) and junior Stefhon Hannah (Missouri) have been chosen as Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively, for games of Jan. 22-28 in voting by a panel of media covering the conference. Durant captures his seventh Big 12 weekly honor (player or rookie) of the season. Hannah earns rookie accolades for the third time.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

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

Durant wins player recognition for the third time in the last four weeks after averaging 30.0 points and 12.0 rebounds in two Longhorn victories. He began with a game-high 26 points and 15 rebounds over 36 minutes in a 62-61 win at Nebraska. The freshman then posted 34 points and nine boards during 36 minutes in an 84-79 home tally over Baylor. In two games, Durant was 19-of-36 (.528) from the field, 6-of-12 (.500) from 3-point range and 16-of-19 (.842) from the free throw line. In the Big 12’s 10-plus seasons, he has earned three of the six weekly player honors ever awarded to a freshman. Durant also holds the Big 12 record for most total weekly awards in one year with seven (three player, four rookie).

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

Stefhon Hannah, Missouri, G, Jr., 6-1, 175, Chicago, Ill./Hyde Park/Chipola CC (Kan.)

Hannah led Missouri to back-to-back victories as the Tigers won at Colorado (79-65) and versus Texas Tech (71-58). The junior scored a team-leading 14.5 points per game with a 4.5 assist average. He posted 14 points against the Buffaloes, with three rebounds, five assists and one steal. He followed with 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting versus the Red Raiders, with a career-high tying six rebounds. Hannah is the first Mizzou player in Big 12 history to win rookie honors three times in one season. He leads the Big 12 in overall steals average (3.11) and is 11th in scoring with 15.3 points per game.

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