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Durant on UT honor: “It was one of the best days of my life”

by Darnell Mayberry Modified: April 12, 2013 at 5:51 pm •  Published: February 26, 2009

Kevin Durant had his No. 35 jersey retired last night at the University of Texas and called it an “unbelievable” experience.

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“It’s an honor and a big accomplishment,” Durant said. “I just thank God for the position he always put me in.  He always put me in the right place to succeed. I’m just so happy I went to the university and I’m glad they retired my number.”

In only one season at UT, Durant became the only freshman in NCAA history to be named the National College Player of the Year. He recorded 20 double-doubles, 11  30-point games and averaged 25.8 points and 11.1 rebounds in 35 games.

Durant got a little emotional at the halftime ceremony, wiping away tears after seeing his jersey raised to the rafters.

“I told myself I wasn’t going to cry,” Durant said. ”But once they played a video of highlights from when I was there and then unveiled the jersey I got real emotional. It was one of the best days of my life. I’ve come a long way. A lot of people doubted me when I was growing up. A lot of people doubted me and said I wasn’t going to be anything when I went to Texas. So it feels good to prove all those people wrong and shine some light on the university and also Oklahoma City. So I was excited and it was a great time for me and my family.”


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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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