Men's Basketball, Durant nominated for trio of ESPY awards
AUSTIN, Texas -- The University of Texas Basketball program and former UT standout Kevin Durant have been nominated for a combined total of three awards at The 2007 ESPYs co-presented by HUMMER and Under Armour, ESPN announced Monday.
The Texas Basketball team is nominated in the "Best Game" category for its triple-overtime classic at Oklahoma State. The other nominees in that category are the AFC Championship Game (Indianapolis Colts' win against the New England Patriots) and the Fiesta Bowl (Boise State victory against Oklahoma).
Durant is nominated along with Devin Hester (Chicago Bears), Ryan Howard (Philadelphia Phillies) and Morgan Pressel (women's golf professional) under the category of "Best Breakthrough Athlete." He also is nominated along with Ben Askren (Missouri wrestling), Greg Oden (Ohio State basketball) and Troy Smith (Ohio State football) under the category of "Best Male College Athlete."
For the fourth consecutive year, fans will determine the winners in all contested categories by voting June 25 through July 7 at . The ESPYs include 19 "Best in Sport" categories, pitting athletes from different sports against each other, along with 17 individual sport categories and two sponsored awards.
The first freshman in NCAA history to earn consensus National Player of the Year honors, Durant led the Big 12 Conference in scoring (25.8 ppg), rebounding (11.1 rpg) and blocked shots (67). He was the only player to rank in the Top 10 nationally in both scoring (fourth) and rebounding (fourth).
This year's nominees will be featured, discussed and debated during the ESPY Nomination Special on Tuesday, June 26 at 6 p.m. Central on ESPN.
The 15th annual ESPY Awards will be televised on Sunday, July 15 at 8 p.m. Central on ESPN.