Durant, Bennett win AP honors

Texas freshman phenom Kevin Durant is the AP player of the year, making him the first frosh ever to win that award. Durant also won the Rupp, Naismith and Robertson awards. But will he come back for another crack at maybe winning those awards again, and possibly a deeper tournament run than this year’s second-round loss to USC? Most people assume he’s going pro, but Durant says it’s a tough decision and he truly hasn’t decided yet. Texas fans certainly hope he stays.

Also winning AP honors Friday was Washington State coach Tony Bennett, named coach of the year. Which reminds me of something I’ve been thinking in the wake of Notre Dame’s first-round loss to Winthrop and Georgetown’s run to the Final Four. If the Big East Coach of the Year was being awarded today, instead of before the Big East Tournament, who would win it: Mike Brey or John Thompson III? Just asking! ;)

Oh, by the way, in case you haven’t heard, the men’s Final Four is tonight. :) It starts at 6:00 PM. Go Georgetown and… uh… well, I’m not really sure who to root for in the fUCLA-Florida game. I really dislike both teams. I think I’ll root for the Bruins for the sake of Pac-10 pride, and so I don’t have to hear that infernal “dah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-GO-GATORS!” song any more than absolutely necessary. I’ll root for fUCLA especially if Ohio State wins the first game, since another Florida-tOSU championship game would be just ridiculous, whereas a fUCLA-tOSU championship game would set up the highly amusing Zak-Hammerschmidt family feud on Monday. That said, if the Bruins lose, I’ll totally make fun of Mike Tran regardless.

One Response to “Durant, Bennett win AP honors”

  1. Dan Port says:

    What Tony Bennett (and his dad Dick Bennett before him) have done to resurrect that WSU program is mind-blowing. When I was working for the Trojan basketball team from 2000-03, WSU was considered a marshmallow game.