Now one of the most lethal offensive weapons the basketball world has ever seen, the game of Kevin Durant took years of maturation prior to the NBA. A lot of this was done during his stint at the University of Texas. Though Durant played only one year at the University of Texas, it likely prepared him for the NBA, plus he picked up some accolades along the way, including the 2007 National Player of the Year.
Now, 11 years into his professional career, the University of Texas announced that Kevin Durant plans to give back to his alma mater and donate $3 Million to where he played his collegiate ball:
Former University of Texas star and 2007 consensus National Player of the Year Kevin Durant is donating $3 million to UT to support Texas Basketball and the Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation. Durant’s donation is the largest outright gift by a former Texas Basketball student-athlete in school history and among the largest gifts ever by any professional athlete to his alma mater.
Along with the donation, the University of Texas will also honor Durant for his gracious offering. The University announced that they would be naming some key aspects of their basketball program after Durant:
In honor of the contribution, of which $2.5 million will go to Texas Basketball, the main entrance to Denton A. Cooley Pavilion will be named The Kevin Durant Texas Basketball Center. In addition, the men’s basketball facilities will be named The Kevin Durant Basketball Facility for Men.
During his solo collegiate campaign at Texas, Kevin Durant was the consensus best player in the country and posted monster per-game averages of 25.8 points and 11.1 boards.