In early January, the University of Texas publicly announced a $3 million donation from former Longhorns star and current NBA superstar, Kevin Durant.
To return the favor for Durant’s sizable donation,which is now the largest gift from any former Texas basketball player in school history, Texas formulated the ‘Kevin Durant Texas Basketball Center’ inside of Cooley Pavilion.
On Friday, Durant appeared for an official unveiling of the Kevin Durant Texas Basketball Center and the ceremony that followed.
“We’re here today because one very special man answered another call,” Former University of Texas Athletic Director Mike Perrin said. “Kevin Durant, we want to thank you for all you’ve done and all you continue to do and the great love and affection you show for the University of Texas.”
University of Texas President Greg Fenves added to those sentiments, saying, “This basketball facility which now bears his name is going to be the proving ground for the next generation of UT basketball players; a place where they can transform themselves from good to great to elite.”
As far as Durant is concerned, on a day in which the university expressed its appreciation and gratitude for him and all that he’s done for the school and the basketball program, the former Big 12 Player of the Year stated much of the same appreciation for Texas.
“I really, really appreciate all you guys do for me. It’s much more than just coming back here just to show my face or just to have a ceremony,” Durant said. “It’s about the culture that we set, the family that is built here. I’m always going to have that burnt orange wherever I go and everybody knows it.”
Durant spent just one season at Texas in 2006-07 en route to National Player of the Year honors. Of course, an illustrious NBA career has since followed, as an NBA Championship, an NBA MVP honor in 2014 and nine NBA All-Star appearances headline Durant’s seemingly countless professional accomplishments.
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