Kevin Durant will have his No. 35 jersey retired at the University ofTexas during the 2008-09 season, the school announced Friday.
Durant played one season for the Longhorns in 2006-07, sweeping seven national player of the year awards and becoming the first freshman named national player of the year. He ranked fourth in the nation in scoring (25.8 points) and rebounding (11.1) during his one season with the Longhorns.
“I’m completely humbled to have my jersey number retired,” Durant said in a statement. “Growing up, I never imagined I would be able to attend such a great university and be surrounded by so many great people who had such a positive influence on my development.
“I’ve never been one to pay attention to individual honors, as I take more pride in team success. But this is definitely an honor that really is special to me and my family. The University ofTexas means so much to me.”
Durant will be one of nine former Longhorns to have their jerseys retired during the 2008-09 seasons. He’ll be joined by Slater Martin (No. 15) in basketball, Vince Young (No. 10), Bobby Layne (No. 22) and Tommy Nobis (No. 60) in football and Burt Hooton (No. 20), Greg Swindell (No. 21), Brooks Kieschnick (No. 23) and Scott Bryant (No. 25) in baseball.
Durant and Martin will join T.J. Ford as the only players to have their basketball jerseys retired at UT. Ford’s No. 11 jersey was retired in 2004 after he won national player of the year in 2003 and led the Longhorns to their first Final Four since 1947.
Football’s Earl Campbell (No. 20) and Ricky Williams (No. 34) and baseball’s Roger Clemens (No. 21) are the only other Texas players to have their jersey numbers retired.
“Everyone in the Texas basketball program salutes both Kevin and Slater on this great honor,” said Texas coach Rick Barnes in a statement. “With Kevin winning every national player of the year honor, his accomplishments speak for themselves. Both are true Texas legends, and it will be great to see their jerseys retired in theErwinCenter this coming season.”
No ceremony date has been scheduled for Durant, who went on to become the No. 2 overall pick by the Seattle SuperSonics and winner of the 2007-08 NBA Rookie of the Year award.
“To be able to return to Austin and see my jersey hanging up in the Erwin Center, a place that I will always call home, is unbelievable,” Durant said. “I feel truly blessed.”